David Franklin is an Irish visual artist living in Barcelona, Spain, working primarily with painting, drawing, and video.
His current work in development looks at the intersection of landscape and the use of images in constructing our conception of our environment, drawing on, among other things, the influence of technology on visual art and images; 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.
His 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 (MACBA) in Barcelona.
Throughout 2017 he has been conducting a research residency at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in Barcelona, and in December of 2017 he is returning to Japan for a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo.
For his residency at Youkobo Art Space, David Franklin will begin the first phase of a long term project exploring various aspects of the Japanese landscape, how it is shaped by and in turn impacts human activity, particularly in relation to culture. The project will be realised across a range of media, including video installation and drawing.
With the support of the Institut Ramon Llull.
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