Artist Talk by Frank Heath

Program Date: October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Exhibiting artist Frank Heath will give a talk in conjuction with the current exhibition “It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information.” The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Franklin Street Works Thursday, October 23rd from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

This event will begin with a screening of a short video work by artist Frank Heath, titled “Asymptomatic Carrier” (2013). The video focuses on a defunct quarantine hospital on North Brother Island, the frequently overlooked next-door neighbor of Randall’s Island. “Asymptomatic Carrier” was featured earlier this year as part of the program “A Tale of Two Islands” by High Line Art, in New York, NY.

This video reflects some of the themes of Heath’s Bcc works, in which sculpture components are mailed to defunct locales on New York’s lesser-known islands. Sculptures and photographs from Heath’s Bcc series are on view as part of Franklin Street Works’ current group exhibition “It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information. Heath will be in conversation with one of the show’s curators, Zanna Gilbert, to discuss these works within the wider context of his practice.

 


The programs at Franklin Street Works are explorations of creative projects that inspire contemporary art enthusiasts to come together in conversation.

Exhibition Programming

Exhibition programming expands on the art space’s original shows through a closer look at the art on view, stimulating conversations surrounding the exhibition’s theme. For our exhibition programming, Franklin Street Works connects communities with artists, curators, and innovative cultural producers via free public workshops, performances, and talks. These efforts elucidate each exhibition by going more deeply into its intentions and adding discursive content through educational and social interactions.

Exhibition programs include artists’ presentations, tours, performances, and hands on activities, such as artist Emily Larned’s book binding workshop. Notable participatory performances include Trisha Baga’s “The Garden Party” — where the public joined in the artist’s parade from Franklin Street Works to the Landmark Square building in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut; and David Horvitz’s “Honey Locust Tree Relocation” project where participants from Connecticut and New York carried more than thirty Honey Locust tree saplings from Clocktower Gallery in New York City to their new home at Franklin Street Works. Generative, cross-disciplinary programs are another way Franklin Street Works explores the relevance of contemporary art, such as the 2013 exhibition-inspired poetry reading and zine featuring texts by UConn, Stamford, writing students.

Ongoing Programming

The ongoing programs at Franklin Street Works are community-building events that show the breadth of cultural production in and around Fairfield County. For our ongoing programming, Franklin Street Works has featured VJs, musicians, novelists, DJs, website designers, artists, writers, and filmmakers from the region in one-night events that showcase their efforts at different phases of development. In-progress programs include events such as artist Renee Kahn workshopping a new, immersive installation and receiving audience feedback. Finished projects have included Kent Evans’ performance using text from his published book and a talk by two website designers about their online projects.

Emily Larned’s book binding workshop

The Garden Party with Trisha Baga

Honey Locust Tree Relocation

UConn reading