‘Over Ground Uneven’, consists of new work by Charlie Franklin. The exhibition addresses the artist’s research and experiences of the landscape and how structures within it can become anchors to determine our sense of place. Franklin’s use of subtle colour within her work seeps through the surfaces of her jewel-like sculptural forms. Shiny, reflective and territorial, this body of work marks its place within the gallery space, encouraging a physical encounter. The artwork’s seemingly weighty forms are manipulated to resemble totems or cairns, inviting the viewer to peer into its crevices and hollows.
Rooted in the language of materials, Franklin’s work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting, questioning how they can be approached. Often minimal, it focuses on the physicality of presence and absence through methods of mark making and erasure. Franklin is attracted to materials that hold little structural integrity, such as cardboard boxes, rolls of tape or sheets of tarpaulin. Using materials and forms often associated to sculpture, she builds up two-dimensional surfaces, which become loosely shaped or crushed to function as three-dimensional objects. The resulting work appears fragile and damaged, often teetering on the brink of collapse. Her work deals with the processes of ritual and change, and the ways in which objects can hold power.
Charlie Franklin was born in 1983 and lives and works in London. Franklin studied BA Fine Art at Middlesex University (2005-08) and MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design (2008-09). Recent exhibitions include ‘John Moores Painting Prize’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2018), ‘Creekside OPEN’, APT, London, ‘In Nothing Flat’, Old Granada Studios, Manchester (2017), and the ‘Kunst Altonale Festival 18’ Hamburg, Germany (2016). Franklin has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Ireland and Iceland, and in 2017 was selected for Mark Devereux Projects’ StudioBook artist development programme. Charlie Franklin is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.
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‘Over Ground Uneven’ has been produced by Mark Devereux Projects. Mark Devereux Projects has established a proven track record of developing artists’ practices and careers since forming in 2013. Specialising in supporting artists during crucial developmental stages in their career, Mark Devereux Projects work collaboratively with the artist, placing their core interests and ambitions at heart. Mark Devereux Projects work in two core programmes – representing individual artists and national artist development programmes. Many of the artists they have worked with have gone on to receive important commissions, prizes, exhibitions and grants that have furthered their careers. markdevereuxprojects.com
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