In DAYBREAK Gomila returns to the street level with a real live action drama touching on the horrors of sexual assault. In a meticulous series of reversed steps, retracing the time and place of the crime, we witness a heart wrenching rewind of the calamity. With this piece Gomila evokes a piercing sense of human tragedy and remorse illuminating the unspoken aspects of urban realities with astonishing poignancy.
FRANCIS GOMILA – BRIEF BIO
Francis Gomila was the founder director of the pro-active artist company Fine Rats International (Birmingham UK 1990-96) Fine Rats took onboard the challenge of activating residual urban spaces with the introduction of innovative artworks, with a broad aim of developing new opportunities and audiences for contemporary arts outside the established venues. 'Under Spaghetti Junction' (1993) their largest exhibition held over a two-night period under the infamous motorway junction in Birmingham, attracted vast audiences. The exhibitions / events took place in a performance, time-based frame which were at the forefront of what was to become 'Live Art'. Their exploration of non-dedicated venues or “raw spaces”, led to new necessities within existing art disciplines, from which a rich multi-disciplinary form of working developed. This incorporated performance, lens-based media; slide projection, film and video, as well as sound within the sculptural installations.
During the 90’s Gomila’s multi-media installations explored the deployment of new media with an emphasis on video as a sculptural form in its own right. Over this period, the electronic image became the central medium in his artworks, developing from installations to single channel pieces.
His video works generate a psychological tension between the artwork and the spectator in exploring the levels of conflict between the image, the social context and the architectural environment in which it is placed / displaced and exhibited. “In my view the digital revolution perfectly illustrates Duchamp’s “infra-thin” (“the space between two sides of a single sheet of paper”) enabling a permeable boundary, through which the digital image becomes sculptural in its own right”.
In Gomila’s work, sculptural volume, sound and time are deployed as mechanisms to explore ‘vicious cycles’ operating within social and geopolitical systems, revealing Sisyphean patterns both real and imagined within our social fabric.
He has exhibited extensively on both sides of the Atlantic rising to prominence following exhibitions at Veletrzni Palace Museum, Prague. ICA London. Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Kunstlerwerkstatt, Munich. Museum of Contemporary Art Marseille. Franklin Art Works Minneapolis USA. New York Video Festival. Lincoln Center New York. Expoarte Mexico. Artists Space New York. NGBK Berlin. Smart Project Space Amsterdam. XI GRANCIA Sienna Italy. Pulse New York. Flowers Gallery London. Hales Gallery London.
Francis Gomila is currently lives and works in Berlin.
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NARBE DEUTSCHLAND TRAILER
A film by Burkhard Von Harder following the entire length (856 miles - 1378 km) of the former "Iron Curtain" in real time.
A journey through the physical landscape and ideological boundary that once divided the world.
IRAQ MEDAL GRABBER Sculpture. Francis Gomila. 2011.
Materials: Mechanical (battery operated) grabber machine, 4 $dime coins, 4 genuine Iraq campaign medals, USA Iraq Campaign Medal Certificate, Iraqi sand.
The making of 'a book without a hole'
in ‘a book without a hole’ series Francis Gomila plays with the physicality / non physicality of internet Publish on Demand services exploring the possibilities for sculptural acts through processing a virtual object rendered physical through the act of placing an order.
As suggested by its title 'a book without a hole' is a book without a hole. The complete work is accompanied by a sister book in which the artist bore a 50mm hole through the entire 'book without a hole', rephotographed every page and republished it, as 'a book with a hole' thereby generating a vicious cycle from the virtual to the physical and back.
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