David Franklin


David Franklin – text by Albert Mercadé

April 1st, 2021
David Franklin Untitled Drawing


“Magma and combustion, expansion and reduction. These are biologically based rhythms that also feature in the work of David Franklin. His series of drawings are of chronotypic ascendancy: sequences of condensed temporality in which the artist freezes abstract rhythms and projections that dilate or contract the space-time in which life unfolds. Macro worlds — the cosmos — and micro worlds — cellular biological processes — are often represented at moments of explosiveness or maximum intensity at a time of expansive growth. In Franklin’s recent work, these moments of organic combustion have generated more diaphanous, contained drawings in which accidental stains and traces appear subtly over indeterminate arquitechtural spaces. To the artist’s gaze, they appear as echoes of memory which (as in the case of Xavier Grau), he attempts to distance himself so as to represent the form we see in the most direct and simple way possible.”

Albert Mercadé, from the catalogue to the exhibition “Our Garden Needs Its Flowers” at Tecla Sala, L´Hospitalet, April 2021.



Magma y combustión, expansión y reducción, son ritmos de base biológica que también se ponen en juego en la obra de David Franklin. Sus secuencias de dibujos son de ascendiente cronotípico: secuencias de temporalidad condensada en las que el artista congela ritmos y proyecciones abstractas que dilatan o contraen el espacio-tiempo donde se despliega la vida. Los mundos macro — el cosmos — o micro — los procesos biológicos celulares — a menudo están representados en el momento de explosividad o de máxima intensidad de un periodo de crecimiento. En la obra reciente de Franklin estos momentos de combustión orgánica had dado lugar a dibujos más diáfanos y acotados, donde aparecen sutilmente manchas y trazos accidentales sobre espacios arquitectónicos indeterminados, y aparecen a sus ojos como ecos de la memoria, de la que, como Xavier Grau, trata de distanciarse lo más posible a fin de representar la forma visitada del modo más directo y sencillo.

Albert Mercadé, del catalogo de la exposición “Our Garden Needs Its Flowers” a Tecla Sala, L´Hospitalet, abril 2021.

Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

February 26th, 2021

New exhibition that’s opening this Saturday ::: “Our Garden Needs Its Flowers” is a group exhibition curated by David Armengol and Albert Mercadé and offers a survey of the artistic scene of Hospitalet, with an array of artists from the many studios in the area, including many of the artists from Fase. I’ve got some new work in this show. The exhibition opens on the 27th of February at Tecla Sala and runs until the 18th of July. It’s a big space so you can keep your distances 💀 More info here: http://www.teclasala.net

Creative direction and design for the exhibition by DOES Work, music coordination by Sala Salamandra

Paratext 36 — text by David Franklin

November 19th, 2019

I wrote a text for the Paratext series of articles commissioned by Hangar.org. Chopped-up dialogues and voices which bubbled up out of a witch’s brew suggested by presentations of three artists in residence at Hangar — David Ortiz Juan, Mario Santamaria, and Francisco Navarrete Sitja.

You can read it here in English, Spanish, and Catalan: https://hangar.org/en/blocs/bloc-paratext/english-paratext-36-by-david-franklin/

Projections from the Underground blog now online

September 19th, 2019

A while back I was running a series of public film screenings at an art centre in Barcelona, showing cult films and experimental works, called Projections from the Underground.

In addition to curating and presenting the series, for each session I wrote a short critical essay introducing the films, giving background on the director, genre, or artistic movement, as well as the cultural and historical contexts the films were made in. I’ve revised and expanded these texts and I’m putting them up for you to read (in English and Spanish) on a new blog, which is here: http://projections.davidfranklinonline.com/en/

The first text, Hallowe’en Hangover: Crisis and disorientation in “Possession” and “Cure”, looks at two of the most startling horror movies that may not even be horror movies, and how they reflect a decaying relationship and a fracturing society, respectively.

Upcoming essays will focus on a classic of Russian cinema from the 80s, Chinese cinema in the new millennium, Japanese Pink Movies and V-Cinema, and a multi-part look at the post-war art scene in Japan through the independent film production company, Art Theatre Guild. Enjoy!

Group exhibition of three artists in residence at Fase

January 14th, 2019
David Franklin artist artwork Welcome Visitors video

“Apariencia i experiencia”. Tres aproximaciones al paisaje contemporáneo

El paisaje, género tradicionalmente vinculado a la historia de la pintura occidental, surge de la construcción de un punto de vista por parte del observador, demanda de una distancia y una escalera. Está constituido de tensiones, entre consideraciones prácticas y estéticas, entre producción y representación, entre paisaje y lugar, entre apariencia y experiencia.

Fase, Centro de creación y pensamiento situado en l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, presenta los trabajos de tres de sus artistas residentes: Pablo del Pozo, Pedro Eurrutia y David Franklin, que nos proponen nuevas aproximaciones a la construcción y la representación de la idea de paisaje. Comisariado por Blanca del Río y Elena Blesa.

Jueves 17 de enero a las 19.30 h
Subsòl Espacio de Arte, Centro Cultural Bellvitge-Gornal,
Plaza Cultura 1, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
L1 – Bellvitge / FGC – Gornal