Photographs of Rediscovered Ephemera from Mental Patients at Frank Pictures Gallery


SANTA MONICA, CA.- Frank Pictures Gallery presents Lisa Rinzler’s THE GRASS IS GREEN, an exhibition of photographs of the rediscovered ephemera of generations of mental patients from the abandoned Willard Psychiatric Center in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. This is award-winning cinematographer Rinzler’s second show for gallerist Laurie Frank. Her exhibition of platinum Palladium prints premiered at Frank’s Still/Moving in 1999. The 14 large format chromogenic images in her latest exhibition, printed on sheets of glass, are culled from hundreds shot by Rinzler of the 427 suitcases, trunks, crates and bundles recovered after Willard closed in 1995 that belonged to patients who had spent decades in this vast state mental institution. In them were the remnants of lives left behind when their owners entered the locked gates, a hovering presence of hundreds of souls or spirits attached to the