Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Heath Franco: Life is Sexy
Image: Heath Franco, ‘LIFE IS SEXY’ 2016-17 (video still), HD digital video, 8:9 (Duration: 15:11), location performance videography by Jodie Whalen, image courtesy of the artist.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is delighted to present the captivating and provocative new video work LIFE IS SEXY by acclaimed contemporary artist Heath Franco, screening in The Channel from Saturday 27 January.
LIFE IS SEXY was created in response to a residency and research trip Franco undertook in the United States of America in 2016. The work explores western popular culture, desire, lust, fetish, greed, power, and is a flag waving, hip thrusting good time! The artist’s experience of remote media-shaped fantasy versus actual experience is considered, as well as Australia’s diplomatic relationship with the United States.
Sydney-based artist Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costume, sound, digital media 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 hyper 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 presence as sole performer within the works. 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.
Heath Franco’s recent solo exhibitions include ALTERLAND at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, and HOME AGAIN at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2014. He has also participated in numerous significant group exhibitions including The National 2017: New Australian Art at CarriageWorks in Sydney; Red Green Blue: A History of Australian Video Art at Griffith University Art Gallery in Queensland; Antiques Roadshow at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne; and Primavera 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Heath Franco was the recipient of the 2015 Arts NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), the 2014 Fishers Ghost Contemporary Art Award and the 2012 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. Franco’s video works have been screened at ACMI, Melbourne, GOMA, Brisbane, Sydney Contemporary, Art Stage Singapore, and Art Fair Tokyo; and his works are held in the public collections of Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Griffith University Art Gallery. Franco has recently been announced as a 2018 studio resident at Artspace in Sydney.
Heath Franco: LIFE IS SEXY is on display in The Channel at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 27 January until Sunday 29 April. LIFE IS SEXY will be officially launched on Friday 16 March at 6pm.
For more information visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery website.