I Still Love is Italian artist Franko B’s first solo exhibition in London for seven years and features a series of embroidered canvases, never before shown in the UK.
A bold, eclectic artist, who for many years has been a leading figure on the international performance art scene, Franko B has selected a new approach and working method for this series of work. The canvases, which depict animals, flowers, portraits and the male body, as well as images of torture and war, return to the central themes of Franko B’s work – death, eroticism, intimacy, pain and compassion. These recurrent motifs find a delicate new means of expression through the exclusive use of red cotton on unprimed canvas.
Although at first viewing apparently quite removed from the performance art for which he is most widely known, the fragile beauty of these images, delineated on the blank canvases with bright red thread, is reminiscent of the red blood marks on the whitened body of the artist – a typical element of his earlier performance works, which are deeply embedded in the public perception of his practice.
I Still Love follows on from the artist’s recent solo exhibition at PAC (Pavilion of Contemporary Art), Milan.
Artist’s Talk: Sunday 8th May, 2-3.30pm
Franko B will be in conversation with writer and curator, Michele Robecchi. Discussion will focus on the conception and realisation of the exhibition ‘I Still Love’. The conversation will then be opened out into a group Q & A. To reserve a place, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Talk: Thursday 19th May, 11am-12.30pm
Artist Talk for Foundation and Higher Education students.
First Thursday: Thursday 2nd June, 6.30-9pm
Franko B will discuss the theories and concerns which inform his work and the diverse range of approaches he takes to producing art. There will also be a screening of a documentary accompanying his recent solo exhibition in Milan. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Following the talk, the exhibition will remain open until 9pm. To reserve a place, please RSVP to email@example.com.
" rel="nofollow">Franko B was born in Milan in 1960 and has lived in London since 1979. He graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design and has been producing work across a diverse range of media since the early 1990s – ranging from video to photography, from performance to painting and sculpture. He is a visiting lecturer at many arts institutions and universities across the world, and has run several workshops and mentoring schemes for emerging artists. Since 2009, he has been Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata, Italy. Franko B is the current Artist in Residence with Bow Arts Trust.