On the Surface and Surface!

Curated by Cally Trench

Alan Franklin

On The Surface and Surface!

Untitled by Alan Franklin

Alan Franklin, Untitled, 200
Mdf, white emulsion, coloured wool

Alan Franklin was born in 1954 in Oxford. He studied sculpture at St.Martin's School of Art, West Surrey College of Art and Design, and Goldsmith's University. Since completing his MA in1984, Alan has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including exhibitions in India, Japan, Sweden and Poland. He has worked for both indoor and outdoor venues, using a wide range of materials and found objects. Examples of his larger outdoor work can be seen at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria, in the Gardens of Gaia in Kent and in Kielder Forest in Northumberland. Alan is currently teaching on the BA Fine Art course at Bucks New University in High Wycombe.

In the late 1950's Chairman Mao waged a disastrous campaign against the sparrows that were eating all of China's grain. He ordered villagers to rush out into the fields, banging on pots and pans and to scream at the tops of their voices. The sparrows took to the air, and as the pandemonium continued, stayed there, too terrified to land, until they dropped dead from exhaustion. Unfortunately the sparrows were a vital link in the food chain and particularly fond of locusts. With no sparrows left to eat them, there was a plague of locusts. The crops were ruined and millions of people died in the ensuing famine.

Stories like this seem to make a peculiar sense and reveal something about our world and the human condition. Fact and fiction get mixed up, which is the reality we live in.

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