SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS

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SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS
‘Minotaur Ossuary Disaster’ (mixed media on birch panel, 43 x 60 inches)

SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS
‘Piano Duet Collapse’ (mixed media on birch panel, 31.5 x 43 inches)

SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS
‘Pouring Structure (Left)’ (mixed media on birch panel, 40 x 27.5 inches)

SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS
‘Two Mannequins Wash Up On The Shoreline’ (mixed media on birch panel, 31.5 x 43 inches)

SNEAK PEEK “ARTIFICIAL WINTER” BY IAN FRANCIS
‘Vacation Resort Conversation Exit’ (mixed media on birch panel, 31.5 x 43 inches)

“I’ve always loved technology and been fascinated by our relationship with it, but I’ve found it hard to predict the extent to which it would come to dominate our relationships with each other, our own self-image and our perception of reality in the last ten years.”

It’s been ten years since the Bristol-based multimedia artist’s first solo show, which was also in Los Angeles, now Francis returns with his information-rich canvases, which often depict violent, urban scenes and contain both figurative and abstract elements—rendered in acrylic and oil, charcoal, and ink. An heir to The Pictures Generation, Francis makes socially conscious works that critique and celebrate a media-inundated age. He’s described his work as being “about pornography and news reports from war zones rather than sex and death.”

“Looking back on my work, the focus has slowly shifted from media images of celebrities to the curated images people create and maintain of themselves. I’m interested in the fragility of the construction of these images, the way they relate to each other, and their broader relationship with a pervasive feeling of a world falling apart. I’m amazed by the way people have transitioned from watching a world through screens to being creators and participants of it, and the way they have become inextricably enmeshed within its structures and artifices.”

COREY  HELFORD  GALLERY presents…

Ian Francis “Artificial Winter”

Opening Reception Saturday, October 28 from 7-11pm
(On View October 28 Through November 25, 2017)

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