I'M THINKING OF YOU - Performance at the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, 13th February 2009.
"....while a pianola tinkled little tunes, a naked Franko B sat, beaming beatifically, on a golden swing. The room glowed with the sunlight of a carefree childhood, the scars of Franko's previous body-work were like memories alongside the vivid colours of his luxuriously tattooed flesh, his eye contact with onlookers invited reciprocal smiles. Simply superb".
- Mary Brennan, The Herald
Photos by Hugo Glendinning:
Solo show at GLOBE CITY GALLERY,
Curtis Mayfield House
Newcastle Upon Tyne
3rd April – 30th May 2009
Preview Friday 3rd April 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition open Saturday 4th April then Wednesday to Saturday thereafter, 11.30am to 5pm
Installation on 3rd and 4th floors
Nearest Metro – MONUMENT
Details of event:
Globe are proud to present two installations by Franko B showing for the first time in the UK.
Love in times of pain presents a series of never-before-seen objects characterized by the exclusive use of colour black. The themes evoked – life and its vanities, death, eroticism and pain – remain central to the artist's investigation.
Love in times of pain is an encounter with a haunting setting of found objects and stuffed animals all pasted over in dense black acrylic paint; birds, a squirrel, the head of a deer, a fox, a turtle, standing still and awaiting for the viewer, mounted on trolleys, tables and other pieces of furniture, also covered in thick black paint.
The animals standing high on their 'pedestals' become monumental, glorious; it is as if these creatures are rescued and given a new identity, another lease of life. Standing high, facing the viewer with splendour, they become life itself; and the layers of thick, impenetrable black paint, this absolute monochrome, which usually evokes death, remains there as a reminder of a previous sore existence.
Daneyal Mahmood Gallery,
511 West 25 st, 3fl
NEW YORK CITY 10001
15th January - 21st February 2009
Artsist: Franko B, Amir Fattal, Carl Hopgood, Shiro Masuyama, Michal Moskop, Yochai Matos, Dean Sameshima, Kyle Trowbridge, Naama Tsabar, Tobaron Waxmanwith.
Franko B will curate and mentor an 18 day international workshop in visual art and performance, taking place within the Academia di Belle Arti in Macerata, Marche, Italy, 29th April - 16th May 2009. The aim is to build and bridge ideas and relationships.
There will be contributions from the following invited artists, academics and producers: David Rickard (NZ/UK), Ron Athey (USA), Martina Bako (Germany), Doreen Uhling (Germany), Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM) (Italy), Suka Off (Poland), Darrell Alvarez (USA/Germany), Jan Wagner (Germany), Olga Majcen Linn and Sincinca Ostoic (Croatia).
- APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED -
'Who Are You' is a workshop that explores a wide definition of 'performance', particularly from a visual art perspective. Participants will look at and explore strategies for producing a new piece of work, and will support and collaborate with each other to do this over five days. It will be an intensive programme, starting at 9am and finishing at 7.30pm every day, during which time, participants will examine and question their own practise in the context of a wide range of material and contemporary examples. The focus will be on the individual as image maker, through the tools of film making, performance, visual art, writing, music, etc.
see http://www.newmoves.co.uk for application form
- Premiere at The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, 13th February 2009
'I'm Thinking of You' presents a surreal, dreamlike image... a romantic vision of childhood fantasy and abandon. The body is central, but we are also presented with objects and music, which converge to take the viewer through a contemplative, personal experience.
The first inspiration for 'I'm Thinking of You' came from a childhood object, which Franko B made into a sculpture, altered for safe use by adults. The idea was to allow adults to play, to forget their problems, to let go, or just to have fun - in the same way that children are allowed to. Over time, and with engagement with the composer, Helen Ottaway, the idea has developed and changed, with Franko using performance and music as a means to create his desired image.