MATT FRANKS
EDUCATION

1999-2000         Goldsmiths College, University of London, M.A. Fine Art
1989-1992        Staffordshire University, B.A. Fine Art (hons)
1988-1989        Hull School of Art, Foundation Course in Art and Design

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007
Solo Project Houldsworth gallery, London
Solo project artrepco, Zurich, Switzerland
Economist Plaza Project with Contemporary Arts Society
2005
I am alive and you are dead, vamiali's, Athens, Greece
2004
One in the Other Gallery, London 2003
KlingKlang, Habitat, Tottenham Court Road, London
2002
transcendent plastic infinite, Art Now, Tate Britain
Late One Evening, Tetuhi Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
New Gods, alison jacques gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007
‘Latitude: London-Minneapolis- New York’, Fieldgate Gallery, Whitechapel, London. Touring to New York
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space. London
2006
Metropolis Rise: New Art from London’, curated by Anthony Gross & Jen Wu,
Shanghai and Beijing, China.
‘8x8x8,’ The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, curated by Andrea Stanislav, Minneapolis.
Kamikaze Blossom, Fieldgate Gallery. Whitechapel, London   
2005
Know what they mean? Galerie Chez Valetine, Paris, curated by Elisabeth Wetterwald
Including: Delphine Coindet, Anita Molinero, Carole Manaranche,
Mysterium, artrepco, Zurich, Switzerland
'The Future Lasts a Long Time', Le Consortium, Dijon, France
The Nature of Things, Birmingham Museum of Modern Art, including: Glenn Brown, Neal Rock, Dave Burrows, D.J. Simpson, and Bridgit Riley
2004
Contrapop, vamiali's, Athens, Greece, curated by Suhail Malik. Including Ian Monroe, Daniel Pflumm, Toby Zeigler, Caroline Achaintre, Jo Mitchell
Material Faith, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, curated by Peter Lamb. Including Ian Dawson, Carolyn Castano, Goerge Doneo,
Katie Grinnan and Peter Lamb
Mind the Gap, Triangle Arts. Marseille, France
Shape Shifters M. Projects, Paris. Curated by Anthony Gross. Including Brian Griffiths, Ian Dawson, Denise Kum, Sheena Macrae, Jen Wu
Cinderella, Bermondsey, London. Curated by Trailer.
Into my world New British Sculpture, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut, U.S.A. Including: Mike Nelson, Jim Lambie,
David Thorpe, Roger Hiorns, Laura Ford, James Ireland, Mariele Neudecker, Saskia Olde Wolbers
2003
Matchine, Matchine Group show, Spitalfields, London, One in the Other Outside, curated by Chris Norika. Including: Keith Wilson, Mark Titchner,
Sam Basu. Art Lab, Kevin Francis Grey, Diann Bauer, Guy Bar Amotz.
‘Attention. Vous étes face d' un espace intermédiaire...’ galerie Air de Paris & Praz Delavallade, Paris, France.
This Was Tomorrow, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Hampshire Curated by Penelope Curtis. Including: Barbara Hepworth, Liam Gillick,
Claire Barclay, Eva Rothschild, Toby Patterson and Tacita Dean
2002
Craft, Cell Project Space, London. Including Ian Dawson and David Burrows
My Way, LE CREDAC, Galerie Fernand Leger, Paris. Curated by Frank Lamy

2001-2003
Tailsliding, British Council touring exhibition. Curated by Stephen Hepworth
Including Jim Lambie, Peter Davis, David Thorpe, Simon Periton, Eva Rothschild, Gary Webb, DJ Simpson, Kate Bright and Clare Woods
2001
Hallucinating Love, asprey jacques, London. Curated by Gigotto del Vecchio
Throb, Gallery Westland Place, London. Curated by Mike Stubbs
Ego Tripping, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
All of My Heart, Galleria Arte e Personae, Florence, Italy. Curated by Stephen Hepworth
Arse about face, Cell Project Space, London
2000-2001
London Orphan Asylum, touring exhibition. Curated by Clare Manchester and Gilda Williams. At: Open Space, Milan and Australian Centre
for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia and Plimsol Gallery, Tasmania. Including Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Martin Creed, Mark Leckey,
Brian Griffiths, Tomoko Takahashi and Jeremy Deller
Mental Wilderness, Gale Gates et al, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York
Assembly, RCA & Goldsmiths MA graduate show, London
Wooden Heart, AVCO. Curated by Reza Arameshi
These Epic Islands, Vilma Gold, London. Curated by Brian Griffiths
text taken from catalogue‘ of Contrapop’
curated by Suhail Malik, shown at vamiali's November, 2004

"The intensification of common dumb cartoon imagery is at the heart of
Matt Frank’s sculptures. Taking conventional reduced two dimensional
renderings of images such as skulls, nuclear bomb explosions, swirls and
vortexes, Franks solidifies these graphic simplifications into three
dimensional forms in ludicrously bright acidic or pastel colours.
Composited into intricate near baroque, comical and outlandish objects,
Franks’ sculptures don’t seem to be depictions of either straightforwardly
inanimate things nor of creatures in their own right. Rather they seem to
be bodies that lie somewhere between the two, hybrids with their own
mysterious exuberance.”   Copyright Suhail Malik 2004

Lives and works in London
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courtesy Houldsworth Gallery