David Franklin CV
I am an Irish visual artist living in Barcelona, Spain, working primarily with painting, drawing, and video. Previously based in Tokyo, I have exhibited and participated in artistic programmes internationally.
My current work in development looks at the intersection of landscape and the use of images and visual language in constructing our conception of our environment. In exploring these themes I am looking at, among other things, Romanesque art; the influence of technology on visual art; astrobiology and the expansion of the human environment; animation techniques and aesthetics; the history of plagues; Japanese post-war art; and the philosophy of Chinese painting.
My 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 Barcelona (MACBA).
My current project, Out of Earth and Sky, is being developed in Japan and focuses on landscape and the processes of butoh performers as they create new work.
Throughout 2017 and 2018 I have been conducting an artistic research residency at the National Art Museum of Catalonia, in Barcelona.
2018 Curse, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 Reclamation, Espai M, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2012 TIER, KKKB, Barcelona, Spain.
2010 New Work, Nroom artspace, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 Ruins, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Estructuras de Excepción, Homesession, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 Villa Casas Foundation Prize for Painting (shortlisted work), Can Framis Museum, Barcelona.
2015 Unsettlements, Stillpoint Spaces, Berlin, Germany.
2015 Netherfield Park, Espai M, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 Artificialia, Cyan Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 Festival Plaga, A*desk, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 Short Shorts Film Festival, Mexico City, Mexico.
2014 El Cabinet del Dr Frankenstein, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2013 Síntesi, FAD, Barcelona, Spain.
2013 A Game of the Everyday, L.A.C. Narbonne, Sigean, France.
2013 D’entre les runes, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2012 Temps Circulars, Tecla Sala, Hospitalet, Spain.
2012 Anual 2012, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2011 Solstici 011, Tecla Sala, Hospitalet, Spain.
2011 Contemporary Art of Japan, Birkenfelds Galerija, Riga, Latvia.
2010 Niche -家に返ろう- , Nroom artspace, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 ULTRA Emerging Directors’ Art Fair, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 Os Innominatum, Move Cafe, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 -Niche- return home, Nroom artspace, Tokyo, Japan.
Artist In Residence
2017 – 2018 Youkobo Art Space, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 – 2018 Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 – 2017 Hangar, Barcelona, Spain.
2012 – 2016 La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2010 – 2012 TPK, Tecla Sala, Hospitalet, Spain.
2008 – 2009 Youkobo Art Space, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 Grant for Promotion of Visual Art Abroad. Institut Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain.
2017 Resident Returnee Programme, Youkobo Art Space / Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
2013 Grant for Production and Exhibition of New Work. La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
2012 Grant for artistic creation for visual artists. The Department of Culture, Government of Catalonia, Spain.
2016 Empire of Rats, published by Idensitat, Barcelona.
Included in the publication archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in Barcelona.
Curation / Presentations / Other Activities
2018 Crystallizing Ideas – Youkobo Returnee Residence Program, artist talk by David Franklin, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 Laboratorio del No Hacer, presentation of “Welcome, Visitors”, Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain.
2017 Paratext no. 15, presentation of “Welcome, Visitors”, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain.
2015 – 2017 Programmer for Projections from the Underground, film screenings of underground and experimental cinema at La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain.
Sessions included: Hallowe’en Hangover: Horror from Japan and Poland; Art Theatre Guild and the Japanese New Wave; Russian Cinema from the 1980s; Chinese Cinema – the Sixth Generation; V-Cinema: From Genre to Auteurism.
2015 – 2016 Participant in the workshop / research project Estructuras de Excepción, led by Ángela Bonadies and organised by Idensitat, Barcelona, Spain.