Despite the name of the exhibit now up at Denny Gallery, Rock Shop III is less shop and more laboratory: large images of rocks surround receptacles in which salt chemically reacts to pigment, resin, or steel with the aid of sunlight pouring through the gallery windows. In one tank, the salt resembles gold dunes.
“I have a scientific, archival interest in my work,” says German artist Nadja Frank, whose brother is a geologist. She acquired all the rocks in this collection from traveling across the United States by car and accruing fifty to sixty boxes of stones that best captured the essence of the places she visited. The rock prints have titles like “Rock #9 (Orderville, Utah)” or “Rock #2 (Granite Quarry, New York).”