The New Social Environment#159

Louis Fratino with Louis Block


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Louis Fratino will be in conversation with artist and writer Louis Block. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Youna Kwak.

In this talk

Louis Fratino

Louis Fratino
Photo by Jasmine Vojdani

Louis Fratino makes paintings and drawings from specific memory and art historical references. He synthesizes visual languages sampled from antiquity to modernism to describe the contemporary body, landscape, and interior spaces. Fratino’s work explores the queerness in the gestures of everyday life.

Born in 1993, in Annapolis, MD, Louis Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, curated by Jared Ledesma, will open at the Des Moines Art Center in November 2021.

Louis Block

Black and white photo of Louis Block
Louis Block is a painter based in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Full Bleed Journal, and his work has been shown in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Venice.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Youna Kwak reading.

Youna Kwak

A photograph of Youna Kwak in front of a bright sun and desert landscape.
Courtesy Youna Kwak
Youna Kwak is a poet, translator, and teacher. Her first poetry collection, entitled “sur vie,” was published this year by Fathom Books. She lives in the Inland Empire.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.