Sunday, November 16, 2008

Relief.....



Relief...(no.1), Steel, Photo, 44cmx12cm, 2008 (Photo by Guy Freeman)

On November 4th, I as well as millions of other citizens of the earth breathed a collective sigh of relief as the door closed on what has been one of the darkest periods of my countries history and also one of the darkest periods of american influence on the rest of the globe. In my memory and as a keen student of history rarely have such a small band of individuals wielded so recklessly the positions of power they found themselves in. I am now collecting material from friends across the globe reading the headlines of their domestic newspapers of the announcement of the victory of Barack Obama as the new president of the United States. This project is a reflection of what i feel was a global sense of renewal and good will that greeted the election of our new president. More to come. If any of you reading this have newspapers from that day and would like to submit a photo to be realized in steel for this project feel free to contact me at plantlife@telefonica.net.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Living with Ghosts


Living with Ghosts, Steel, Cloth, Dimensions variable, work in progress, 2008

Detail


Stay on Message


Stay on Message, Steel, mixed media, 200cm x 200cm, 2008


Finally!!!! I have the bulk of the piece done, 40 some figures in all and it's quite a presence. Some 6 months since the initiation of the piece.



Still growing! I promised more and this is the latest incarnation of the piece "Stay on Message". Even more will follow...
Ok, you can see it's beginning to take shape. The final destination will be a circle 2 meters in Diameter. If you look closely a faint purple line drawn on the wall is visible which marks the dimensions of the finished project.









Stay on Mesaage is an ongoing project that I am working on that as of yet is unresolved. The project is basically made up of people that are holding signs that convey certain messages. The idea is either to make a multitude of small individual figures or to actually bind a number of them together to make one larger piece. As of now I have made quite a few, here are a smattering. More to come...






Monday, July 07, 2008

Lovely Rita....

Now that's a big Baby!, Steel, 147cm x 87cm, 2008

A portrait of the child of some friends (Rita being her name), something riveting about the naturalness and ease inherent in the body language of children. Blowing it up in scale gives it a super presence in interior spaces, more on this piece later.

The after from the before...

The After from the Before, Steel, Cloth Doll (Made by Melkorka Reynisdottir), 120cm x 95cm, 2008


This piece was done as a commission from a client that had seen the piece "Fun on the playground". For me it was interesting to investigate the same theme but from the standpoint of a grown up as opposed to a child. The result is at once melancholy and nostalgic.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Never let them make you feel like a Clown

Never let them make you feel like a Clown, Mixed media, video, 90cm x 55cm x 50cm, 2008

We've all had humiliating experiences with customer service whether it be in person or on the phone. I always end up wanting to throw myself or someone else off a bridge. This piece is my homage to the experience.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Kenny just might be Illuminated...

Kenny just might be Illuminated, Mixed media, 56cm x 24cm x 7cm, 2008
A small piece that I improvised a bit with. These later pieces where I am incorporating more found objects and so on are a great opportunity for me to let my imagination run wild. Normally I see an image and it changes very little in the realization, with these works the piece realized in steel becomes the canvas as opposed to the finished piece.

Max at his father's table


Max at his Father's Table, Steel, glass carafe, 193cm x 145cm x 4cm, 2008


This is a piece that I had been wanting to do for awhile. Initially i had wanted three figures but in the end stayed with one. The subject is a friend Max Zinnecker at what he considers "The only piece of furniture that has any value to me that I own...". It's a table that was his father's when he was a student.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Start @ Zaum Projects in Lisbon

I'm involved in a great new project/gallery of Stefanie Santa and Miguel Duarte in Lisbon called Zaum Projects. Their inaugural exhibition will be held on the 16th of May. The opening group show "Start" presents the works of the artists of the gallery. The 400m2 of new exhibiting space will host artworks by Ana Rito, Caitlin Masley, Carlos & Jason Sanchez, Catarina Lira Pereira, Erik Geschke, Frank Plant, Gabriel Colaço, Gilberto Colaço, Isabel Baraona, Jeff Eisenberg, Jeremy Mora, Katrin Korfmann, Maya Schindler, Michelle Forsyth, Samuele Belloni and UIU.

Monday, April 14, 2008

We're all so complicated....


In the end we're all complicated, Steel, Mixed Media, 57cm x 52cm (for the moment), 2008

Going back to my roots in using found materials and other objects to flesh out an idea. After working so graphically for so long it's a joy to involve some other materials. More on the content later.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New Show in May: Frank Plant @ Galeria Contrast


On the 15th of May I will be having the Inauguration of a solo exhibit here in Barcelona. Anyone who reads this within a 300km radius will be obliged to come. More to come.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Collective Ennui


Seeing as lately I am very interested in documenting social dynamics and relationships in my work it was just a matter of time before the group of students I work with at Metafora Tallers International fell prey to one of my pieces. The original material was taken last December at a meeting planning their end of term show. I decided to paint it white as I'm also interested in investigating how a piece fits in it's environment as well as the level of protaganism it has. The white pieces are much more subtle and the viewer has to work more for it's appreciation, the role of the shadows also becomes more important. This piece also goes a long way in showing just how much the wall above my couch needs a coat of paint... More detailed pictures shortly.



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Artist takes a Fall

This piece is a reflection on my current tendency as an artist to pontificate or preach. It is also an opportunity to think about the fine line that sometimes separates or not art and propaganda/ideology.


The Artist Falls Off His Soapbox, Steel, 102cm x 54cm, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Paperless Marks @ Galeria ADN

On March 27th I will be involved in a group show at ADN galeria
Room 1: Paperless Marks: A. Benchamma, J. Galdón, F. Noguera, F. Plant, Qubo Gas, M. Quintana
Room 2
: Federico Solmi The Evil Empire
Opening
: Thursday 27th of March 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

Closing: Saturday 3rd of May 2008
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10h-14h/16h-20h and Saturday, 11h-14h/17h-20h30

c/ Enric Granados, 49, bj, 08008 Barcelona ▪ T +34 93 451 00 64 – info@adngaleria.com
For further information and hi-res images, please contact: Susanna CorchiaRRPP – e-mail: info@adngaleria.com, T: +34 934510064



Paperless Marks

Abdelkader Benchamma, Jesús Galdón, Fleur Noguera, Frank Plant, Qubo Gas, Marc Quintana
Five artists and one group are meeting together to show new proposals connected with the expanded notion of drawing. During their artistic growth, each they has been developing productions related to drawing, painting, animation or illustration and has been facing several aspects of this technique. Two are the main vectors motivating this exhibition: on the one hand, all the works belong to drawing realm although without the use of paper; on the other hand, works disclose a consideration about landscape and staging, both natural and abstract, human or urban.

The same title of the show enhances this real conceptual and technical challenge: a stimulation toward the investigation of expressive and creative ways, typical of the fresh and open moment which contemporary art is enjoying.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

One day you too can work in Advertising!!!


One Day You too Can Work In Advertising, Steel, Old Socks, 105cm x 94cm, 2008

A new piece touching on a the idea of another aggravation that humans are subjected to on a daily basis. I'll let you determine what that is.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Big Guy trys to Raise the Level of the Discourse by Hurling a Large Gravy Boat

The Big Guy Tries to Raise the Level of the Discourse by Hurling a Large Gravy Boat, Steel, Ceramic Gravy Boat, 50cm x 23cm, 2007


Further investigations with three dimensional objects playing with scale and the absurd. A happy addition to anyone's dinner table. More to come.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kids


As of yet unnamed, Click on image to see larger

This is a new series that I'm working on involving children and stuffed animals, dolls and other objects of importance. With this in mind I want to investigate not only the open, relaxed nature of the children but bring attention to the bond sometimes formed with their toys and or everyday objects. In these cases it's only a suggestion as the objects were added later after the models were photographed. The dolls will be made by a variety of people and provides me a chance to incorporate other artists work with my own. Also I continue to mix two dimensional and three dimensional objects as well as color and black and white. For me the contrast gives the pieces a vitality. Keep your eyes here for more in this series...



Marcel & Sara, Steel, Cloth Doll (Made by Melkorka Reynisdottir), 110cm x 75cm, 2007



Celia, Steel, Cloth and Plaster doll (Made by Jenny Sorenson), 131cm x 62cm, 2007


Neu, Steel and Cloth Doll (Created by Christopher Plant), 111cm x 88cm, 2007



Milla, Steel and Cloth Doll (Created by Brian Sanders), 94cm x 50cm, 2007

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Liberty

Liberty, Steel, Plexi, MDF, LED's, 109cm x 97cm, 2007
(Technical support provided Remi Melander)


This is a piece that I've had lying around unresolved for ages finally got to resolving it, the LED's actually blink. It's another piece dealing with social issues that I felt compelled to do concerning a certain countries drifting away from it's responsibilities towards it's citizens.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Baby Jesus Welder



Baby Jesus Welder, Steel, 63cm x 100cm, 2008

I have always loved religious iconography and have had this version of a Raphael painting that I did sometime ago lying around. Thought it might be a good way to start the new year.
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