Some Turkish Delight
Hello Behancelings, Here are some new projects which I have realized for my new show "Some Facts, Some Fiction" at Soda Istanbul. The show opens on May 7th, 2015 so if you find yourself in the area stop by for a gander. If not the show runs through June 2015 and yes those are pink Unicorns!!!!
 
If it's Magic, Painted Steel, 195cm x 138cm, 2015
“If it’s Magic” uses what is generally seen as a vapid and commonplace symbol, the Unicorn. The title makes reference to Stevie Wonder’s ballad of 1976 of the same name. The idea originates with the fact that in the world of high art unicorns have no place. “If it’s Magic” wants to cross that boundary by creating something well made that makes people question what is acceptable in the realm of high culture ala Duchamp. “If it’s Magic” reflects upon the idea of unicorns as chimerical beings, of the fantasy and the magic. What are we looking for when we go to a gallery? A museum? Something that transcends and is uplifting? Magic? Unicorns, normally the realm of preteen girls and boys in this environment are used to illicit a smile but then also a reflection. A reflection on the symbiosis of value and content. “If it’s Magic” is an invitation to look beyond the shallow iconography and reflect on what’s within the boundaries of what people expect and want when they view images. Many people will stay on the surface and see the piece as a simple provocation. Hopefully more will see the warmth and humor that are fundamental to the piece and the key to transforming a fantastical inexistent being into something that resembles magic… 
Everyday, 190cm x 170cm, Painted Steel, 2015
 
“Everyday” explores the tender balance and uncertainty of everyday existence most aptly captured in this quote by Henry David Thoreau “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”.  “Everyday”, taking inspiration from the “puti” and compositions of the Italian renaissance masters, lends itself to depicting the everyday chaos that individuals have with their own thoughts and is the first in a series that will deal with this issue. It seeks to depict the never ending sometimes dance, sometimes fight that each individual wages within. Thoughts, doubts, fears and illusions are represented by the small figures that circle the larger central figures head. The varying tonalities of the smaller figures make reference to the waxing and waning protaganism of each while the different sets of wings gives illusion to the diverse nature of the fauna of each individual’s personal demons and angels. “Everyday” starkly contemplates moments of vulnerability when the individual is altered and or overrun by their own thoughts.
Everyday (Detail), 190cm x 170cm, Painted Steel, 2015
Everyday (Detail), 190cm x 170cm, Painted Steel, 2015
Everyday (Detail), 190cm x 170cm, Painted Steel, 2015
Portrait of the Young Men as Artists, 165cm x 108cm, Painted Steel, 2015
Portrait of the Young Men as Artists (Detail), 165cm x 108cm, Painted Steel, 2015
Oh The humanity II, 182cm x 114cm, Painted Steel, 2015
 
In the work “Oh the Humanity…II” Plant confronts climate change. "Oh the humanity!" is a quote from Herbert Morrison who was broadcasting during the explosion of the Hindenburg in 1937. Often times nowadays when you hear it used it is done so with humor or irony. This particular piece depicts a number of people with red hair passing what seems to be a nice day on the beach which is normally a situation, red heads being fair skinned, where they would need to be extremely careful not to get burned. The piece deals with humanity's blasé and sometimes flippant attitude towards climate change. It seems as if people are acting as if everything is normal when humanity should be working towards changing the bad habits that humankind as a species have developed. But really it seems that it's just another day at the beach...
Despair, 100cm x 100cm, Painted steel on Wooden support, 2015
 
“Despair” is a grim, evocative and suggestive expression of anxiety concerning one's well being 
A Small, Elaborate, White Lie, 60cm x 60cm, painted steel and wood panel, 2015
 
Walking the Butterfly, 143cm x 135cm, Painted Steel, 2015
 
“Walking the Butterfly” deals with social norms and etiquette. Precisely with the habits that must be curtailed or “domesticated” so that we can live without disturbing or being disturbed by our own community. The piece, using the human figure with Butterfly wings as a metaphor, seeks to remind us of the natural beauty (or grotesqueness) that each individual carries within and the evolving nature of the relationship that each person develops with it. As is often the case for reasons of  convenience we have cultivated a tamed version of ourselves so as not to transgress the boundaries of acceptable social behavior. The artist draws a parallel to the nonchalant balance that owners often form with the animals that they choose to live with.  It’s inevitable that the viewer is also forced to reflect upon the irrepressible character of man to subjugate nature.
Products of Our Environment (series of 7), 52.5cm x 25cm, painted steel on wooden panel, 2014
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New Works from Frank Plant for the show Some Facts, Some Fiction at Soda Istanbul in May/June 2015
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