This show, curated by Colin Ledwith and Stephen Hepworth, toured Europe: Bergen Centre for Contemporary Art; Vilnius Centre of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallin; Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; New Museum of Modern Art, Salamanca, Centre of Contemporary Art, Milan; Krakow Bunkier Sztuki, Poland.
The curators, Colin Ledwith of the British Council and Stephen Hepworth, independent curator, intended the touring show to contextualise what was identified as a new and vital emerging influence in current British contemporary art, Europe and beyond. The show was noteworthy in signalling a move towards an engagement with different methodologies, an avoidance of categorisation, a rejection of allegiances combined with a romantic and exuberant embrace of making.
Central to the premise of the show is the assertion that the participating artists have adopted less agenda driven strategies in a conscious move away from the personal agenda’s and social motivations of previous generations in particular the ‘Sensation’ generation of the YBA’s.
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Matt Franks was born in Yorkshire in 1970. After graduating from Goldsmith's College with an MA Fine Art in 2000, his first solo show 'transcendent plastic infinite' - for which he inverted traditional floor-based sculpture by placing it on the ceiling - was held at Tate Britain's Art Now space in 2002. Between 2001 - 03, his work was shown as part of 'Tailsliding', a British Council international touring exhibition featuring twelve young British artists 'currently creating eclectic work within the conventions of painting and sculpture'; for 'Into My World' (2004), a showcase for recent British sculpture at the newly re-opened Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, USA, Franks was invited to take part in the associated Weir Farm Residency programme to produce a specially commissioned new body of work for the exhibition.
Franks' sculptural installations often feature assemblages of neon-coloured perspex and large, smoothly-shaped and hand carved blocks of styrofoam to produce bizarre and humorous forms. His first public installation for an exterior site in London, 'Fooooom!!!' - a three metre high, white exploding cloud - was recently on show at The Economist Plaza, London, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society (24 January - 9 March 2007). Matt Franks is represented by Houldsworth Gallery, London.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Research Centres No Longer Active > International Centre for Fine Art Research (ICFAR)
|Date:||02 October 2001|
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|Related Websites:||http://www.mattfranks.net, http://www.metropolis-rise.co.uk, http://www.metropolis-rise.co.uk/shanghai.html , http://www.tempcontemp.co.uk, http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/artnow/mattfranks/default.shtm|
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