Approved: 13.11.2015

ALAN FRANKLIN

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 13.11.2015

My practice follows two paths. Drawings and sculptures, which are essentially abstract and process led, and sculpture which is more ideas led and externally referential.

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    Artist Statement

    My practice follows two paths. Drawings and sculptures, which are essentially abstract and process led, and sculpture which is more ideas led and externally referential.

    I like the notion of ‘making a drawing’, which suggests the physics and the performance of the activity. I think of my drawings as flat sculptures, not drawings for sculptures, but constructions of materials, which occupy a very shallow space. I avoid deliberate illusion or external reference and often employ repetition as a means of building structure and a sense of labour.

    My process led sculpture follows a similar process but occupies an expanded space and utilizes a much greater range of materials. I group these sculptures under the rubrik pooh sticks, as they are generated through a process of play, without preconceived outcomes, and as with the drawings I often allow outside agents such as chance or gravity to affect ‘wobbles’ or loss of complete control. 

    I want my work to stray or wander away from what we think we know in order to be surprised, not by something new, but by something which is already there.

     The ideas led sculptures of late have been mostly made during artist residencies. These are also arrived at through a process of play and response to materials and place. The attraction of a residency for me is the absence of the familiar and the improvisation required as a consequence of the dislocation; necessity being the mother of invention.

     I think my work is about the gap; there is always a gap; the space between mind and matter, the dislocation between language and reality, the dilemma between problem and resolution, the divide between one person’s view and another.

    CV & Education

    ALAN FRANKLIN

    EDUCATION

    1981-83     Goldsmiths College  -  MA

    1975-77     West Surrey College of Art and Design -  1st class Hons

    1973-74     St. Martins School of Art

    1972-73     Banbury School of Art

     

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2000 - 2016

    2016          Shuffle Herrick Gallery, London

    2015          Repetiton/Variation Frameless Gallery, London

                     Mapping Time Frameless Gallery, London

    2014          Aggregations The Project Gallery, Arundel (solo).

                     Informal Elements OVADA , Oxford

                     Precession One Church Street Gallery, Gt Missenden (solo).

    2013          Import Brick Lane Gallery, London.

    2012          tra_verse The China Shop Gallery, Oxford (solo)

    2010          Rearranging Formulae (part1); unwrapping books  O3 Gallery, Oxford

                     Rearranging Formulae (part2); unwrapping books Oxford University Press, Oxford             

    2009          Endnotes: unwrapping books O3 Gallery Oxford

    2008          On The Surface The Parlour, Camden, London

                     Collision Festival of moving image, music, art and performance, Area 10, Peckham,  

                     Paths of Dialogue La Maison de L’International, Grenoble, France

    2006           Gold Ovada Gallery, Oxford (3 person)

    2004           The Garden of Earthly Delights Brockwell Park, London

    2003           Flypitch  Brixton Market, London.

    2002           Journey of the Stone Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland.

    2001           Journey of the Stone   Gallerie de Beerenburght, Holland.

     

    RESIDENCIES - COMMISSIONS

    2016           Three week residency Cafe Tissardmine, Morocco.

    2015           Two week residency Atina, Italy

    2014           Two week residency Atina, Italy.

    2012           Two week Joya residency at Cortijada Los Gázquez, Andalusia.

    2011           One month residency at Baer Arts Centre, Iceland

    1997           Kielder Forest, Northumberland.

    1997           The Gardens Of Gaia Kent.

    1996           Three month residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre, Holland.

    1995           Sculptor in Residence, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria.

    1993           Artists Plener, Suchedniow, nr. Kielce, Poland.

    1991-92      Sculpture Residency, Chiltern Sculpture Trail.

    1990           Sculpture Residency, Chiltern Sculpture Trail.

    1989           Artists Plener, Przemysl, Poland.

     

    LECTURESHIP  POSTS

    1999 -        Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University - BA Fine Art

    2004 - 07   Head of Fine Art, Buckinghamshire New University

    1998 - 99   Part-time  Buckinghamshire New University – BA Fine Art

    1987 - 99   Associate Lecturer (0.5) Oxfordshire School of Art & Design

                    - Foundation,  General Art & Design, P/T Access into Art & Design

                      Ist Year Fine Art Degree (Joint Hons) -  and P/T BA Fine Art.

    1989 - 98    Part-time  Buckinghamshire New University - Foundation.

    1988          Part-time  Berkshire College of Art & Design - Foundation.

    1985 – 87   Part-time  Buckinghamshire  New University - Foundation.

    1985 – 86   Part-time  Brookes University - Foundation 3D.

     

    ARTS MANAGEMENT/CURATORIAL POSITIONS

    2002 - 2005         Director of Magdalen Road Studios.

    1994 –1998         Trustee, Company Secretary and Programming Board Member of

                              Chiltern Sculpture Trust.

    1990                   Founding member of the Chiltern Sculpture Trail.

    1988 –1992         Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival (Artweek) Board of Management