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Ian Francis: ‘Endless Summer’
5 September – 4 October
The Outsiders’ new show is ‘Endless Summer’, a showcase of narrative studies by mixed-media artist Ian Francis. ‘Endless Summer’ comprises a body of intricate work created in response to the ever-changing fragility of modern life and contemporary issues facing the human condition. The work provides multiple windows into a series of events and suspended snapshots in time, combining open-ended narrative threads collectively displayed within the gallery space.
‘Endless Summer’marks the Bristol-based artist’s special guest appearance at The Outsiders London, following his recent large-scale solo exhibition ‘10,000 Years From Now’ at Lazarides Rathbone. Francis has carefully constructed alluring landscapes and unobtainable vistas with a complex combination of both abstraction and figuration, combining layered elements of both painting and drawing. The artist has meticulously depicted mysterious characters lost amid dramatic colour glazes, seemingly suspended within ambiguous cinematic scenes and illicit encounters.
Each manipulated storyline is played out across identically sized panels, highlighting a frozen point in time within each unique study. By creating a series of disparate contemporary moments, Francis continues his fascination with the idea of permanent utopia vs dystopian collapse, whilst referencing both sensationalist media and oversaturated online imagery.
In addition to the gallery exhibition, the artist will also be participating in ‘Nuit Blanche 2014’, unveiling a distinctive moving image display in the front window of the gallery during the evening’s programme across the capital.
8 Greek Street
London W1D 4DG
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