Alan Franklin Aggregations

Alan Franklin    Sixty Four #64
On November 28th, Project Gallery welcomes you to the opening of our second winter exhibition of the year, Aggregations. The work of Oxford–based contemporary artist, Alan Franklin will be exhibited at the Project Gallery from November 29th – December 23rd.

An ‘aggregation’ is defined as a ‘whole formed by combining several separate elements’. Through bringing the viewer’s focus towards the relation of conditions to result, and of part to whole, Franklin’s work hints at the possibility of creativity and individuality within collective experience. Franklin’s playful work reveals the potential for variation and randomness within determining physical conditions, an artistic approach made explicit in his 2004 sculptural installation Brocknell Park, London, of the word ‘Darwin’.

Franklin’s artistic process involves the establishment of a simple set of conditions which he selects to determine a work and, through repetition, variations, faults or slips from the intended or expected are created. Divergences which emerge within tight frameworks create surprise and visual interest. ‘Aggregations’ exhibits Franklin’s hallmark approach, by which he reveals repetition as the paradoxical condition of possibility for creativity. Franklin aims to reveal and affirm new possibilities already inherent in the everyday, and describes his art as surpassing ‘illusion’. “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.” Whilst recalling the work of 1960’s mimimalists such as ‘Yayoi Kusama, Franklin’s profoundly inventive and whimsical approach is undoubtedly contemporary, redolent of the work of artists such as Michal Rovner and Agnes Martin.

Franklin’s artistic approach is distilled in a poem by Rebecca Horn. ’... she describes the mass migration of a particularly prolific species of bird from Africa to South America.’ Franklin writes. ‘Fortunately, considering the excessive breeding success of these birds only one tenth of the population survive the crossing, the others are all lost at sea. The conjecture is that the birds retain a distant memory of the eapgstyle8 before the continents separated and drifted apart. Only the birds that have lost this memory make it to land. Every now and then I come across something that seems to make an odd kind of sense.’ he notes, ‘It is the search for these occasions that enables the conversation to continue.’ In Franklin’s work forgetfulness and the unintentional is the almost magical and paradoxical condition of creative transformation.

Project Gallery looks forward to welcoming you on the 28th November to the opening of ‘Aggregations’, which will take place from 6.00-8.00pm.
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