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Franko B’s I Still Love - The Nunnery

Exhibition preview

I STILL Love, Italian artist Franko B’s first solo exhibition in London for seven years, will be on display at The Nunnery from Friday, May 6 until Sunday, June 5, 2011.

The exhibition will feature a series of embroidered canvases, never before shown in the UK.

A bold, eclectic artist, who for many years has been a leading figure on the international performance art scene, Franko B has selected a new approach and working method for this series of work.

The canvases, which depict animals, flowers, portraits and the male body, as well as images of torture and war, return to the central themes of Franko B’s work – death, eroticism, intimacy, pain and compassion.

These recurrent motifs find a delicate new means of expression through the exclusive use of red cotton on unprimed canvas.

As Franko B explains: “I’m essentially a painter who also works with performance. I come from a visual art background, and not theatre or “live art”, and this is very important to me as it informs the way my work is read”.

Although at first viewing apparently quite removed from the performance art for which he is most widely known, the fragile beauty of these images, delineated on the blank canvases with bright red thread, is reminiscent of the red blood marks on the whitened body of the artist – a typical element of his earlier performance works, which are deeply embedded in the public perception of his practice.

Although using a perhaps surprising new medium, Franko B continues to celebrate and express the beauty of existence in his work, focusing on powerful and emotive imagery. I Still Love follows on from the artist’s recent solo exhibition at PAC (Pavilion of Contemporary Art), Milan.

There will be a programme of additional events accompanying the exhibition including an Artist’s Talk on Sunday, May 8 (2pm). Franko B will discuss the theories and concerns which inform his work and the diverse range of approaches he takes to producing art.

Admission: Free.

Times: Friday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ