Heath Franco, HOME TOWN TWO

In HOME TOWN TWO, Heath Franco returns to his childhood home of Berridale, NSW to take care of unfinished business.

Art Exhibition previously on at Galerie pompom in New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 04 May 2016 to Sunday 29 May 2016
Launch Wednesday 04 May 2016, 6-8pm

HOME TOWN Dawn image

Published by Galerie pompom on Sunday 01 May 2016.
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Where the premiere of HOME TOWN at Galerie pompom in 2014 saw Franco’s work presented with cinematic sensibilities in both content and installation, its upcoming sequel, HOME TOWN TWO will see an acknowledgement of the ‘home video device’, that is: VHS>DVD>Blu-Ray(kind-of)>File-based delivery.

With previously unused content, HOME TOWN TWO harks back to two times past to reveal a greater breadth and depth to the work’s initial iteration.

HOME TOWN TWO
Coming Soon … May 4th, 2016

Available in an edition of 240 + 10 AP at $120
Please contact the gallery if you would like to purchase before opening night.

Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costuming, sound, media, digital media, special effects and installation. He creates screen-based works that are structured with respect to flow and rhythm rather than traditional plot narrative and that in turn attract and repulse through a mix of curious aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances. Repetition is a consistent feature of Franco’s works produced in recent years, along with a psychotropic sensibility and use of himself as sole performer. His practice is conceptually informed by explorations into Western popular culture and desires, domesticity and notions of ‘home’, the chaos of existence, and contemplations on the nature and possibilities of space-time.

Recent solo exhibitions include ALTERLAND, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, and HOME AGAIN, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Recent institutional group exhibitions include the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Artspace, Sydney; Patternation, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery; DEADPAN, Goulburn Regional Gallery; Art as a Verb, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Artspace, Sydney; Sideshow, UTS Gallery, Sydney; Impact, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and Primavera 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Franco was the recipient of the 2012 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, and the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Franco’s video works have been screened at GOMA, Brisbane, Sydney Contemporary, Art Stage Singapore, and Art Fair Tokyo. HOME TOWN will be shown at the 2016 Auckland Art Fair in May. Franco’s works are held in the public collections of Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Griffith University Art Gallery. HOME TOWN TWO is Franco’s third solo exhibition at Galerie pompom.