11. 2005 - 10. 12. 2005
is proud to present the first solo show in Athens of British artist Matt
Franks. The artist will be present at the opening.
this new entity he will present three new sculptures titled “Zombie
Reanimator”, “NecroBaroque” and “Twin Voodoo Death
Skull”. These new works are laboriously handmade to look like prototypes
of a new order of things, resembling fragments of source material thrown
together: sci-fi themes, dreams and fears, existence in between states,
absurdity, defying logic, deconstructionism science fiction and inspired
by the work of writer Philip K Dick (Blade Runner etc.). Hand carved from
extruded styro-foam and then coated in flock to resemble oversize toys
the sculptures emanate a subversive and abominable purpose; slaves or
animations from another state or reality. The surfaces have lost their
smoothness gaining a velvet and tactile characteristic; the process of
applying “velvet flock” combines a creepy sensuality with
an organic and animated energy.
sculptures are three dimensional volumetric forms of two dimensional graphic
renderings. They exist in a liminal state; they are drawn out from feverish
dreams, dredged from the subconscious and transcribed in full toxic colour.
His works relates to altered states of the mind and imagination, blurring
of realities and uncertainties while uses humour as a tool of deployment.
They simultaneously maintain an exploration of appropriated styles and
a playful use of abstraction whilst foregrounding a darkly comical and
figurative ingredient. Ambiguous in appearance and purpose, the faint
grotesqueness and fluorescence combines abjection and absurdity. Franks’
works find modernism and postmodernism labels patronising and didactic,
implies with his work the importance of fun and adventure where at the
same time they are extremely generous with the viewers, almost exuberant.
Franks was born in Yorkshire, 1970. Lives and works in London. Selected
exhibitions: Tate Britain (solo), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
(group), One in the Other (solo), Beverly Art Gallery (solo).
NECROBAROQUE, mixed media, 2005
ZOMBIE REANIMATOR, mixed media, 2005
TWIN VOODOO DEATH SCULL, mixed media, 2005