CURSE ::: Exhibition at Youkobo Art Space

January 21st, 2018

David Franklin Artwork Reclamation 09 Drawing

CURSE is an exhibition by David Franklin of works in progress and new experiments resulting from his two month residency at Youkobo Art Space, where he has been conducting research for the first stage of a new long-term project. This new project will explore various aspects of the Japanese landscape, how it is shaped by and in turn impacts human activity, particularly in relation to culture and the influence of the postwar period in Japan. At the same time the project will also explore the working processes of butoh performers in creating their work, as a way of examining the subtle influence environment has on our thinking and behaviour. The project will be realised across a range of media, including video installation and drawing.


David Franklin

Exhibition : 24 January, 2018 — 28 January, 2018. Reception: 24 January, 2018

Gallery is open from 12:00 -19:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Youkobo Art Space, Zempukuji 3-2-10, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0041.
Tel: 03 5930 5009.

David Franklin is an Irish visual artist living in Barcelona, Spain, working primarily with painting, drawing, and video. His current work in development looks at the intersection of landscape and the use of images in constructing our conception of our environment, drawing on, among other things, the influence of technology, geography, and social customs on visual art and images; astrobiology and the expansion of the human environment; the history of plagues; Japanese post-war art; European Romanesque and Gothic art; and the philosophy of Chinese painting. Throughout 2017 and 2018 he has been conducting a research residency at the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, and in December of 2017 he returned to Japan for a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. His recent publication, Empire of Rats, combines text and photos to explore the phenomenon of modern ruins in Japan and Spain and their connections to commercialism, nationalism, and cultural memory. It has been included in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA ) in Barcelona.

デイビッド・フランクリンはスペインのバルセロナ在住の主に絵画、絵画、ビデオを扱う、アイルランド人ビジュアルアーティストである。現在展開中の作品では、景観と環境の交差と、技術、地理、社会慣習などの中での視覚芸術や画像に及ぼす影響などを取り上げ、私たちの環境概念を構築する際のイメージの効用を注視している。人間環境の拡大、災害の歴史; 日本の戦後芸術;ヨーロッパのロマネスク様式とゴシック様式の芸術; 中国絵画の哲学などを学び、2017 年から2018 年まで、バルセロナのカタルーニャ国立美術館でのリサーチレジデンスを展開、2017年12 月には東京の遊工房アートスペースでの滞在制作ため再来日。最近の出版物「Empire of Rats」(ネズミの帝国)は、テキストと写真を組み合わせ、日本とスペインの現存の廃墟、商業主義、ナショナリズム、文化的な記憶が関連する現象を探り、ニューヨークの近代美術館(MOMA)とバルセロナの現代美術館(MACBA)のアーカイブとなっている。

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Residency Activities in Youkobo 2018 for David Franklin:

Residency Period : 1 December, 2017 — 31 January, 2018
Exhibition : 24 January, 2018 — 28 January, 2018. Reception: 24 January, 2018
Talk Event : 27 January, 2018

David Franklin Youkobo Ruins map