WILD THINGS

10th October - 19th December 2014

June Crespo, Anna Franceschini and Patrick Hough

The Green Parrot presents Wild Things, the last chapter in a trilogy of exhibitions that brings together topics related to design, economy and sociology in an attempt to understand the shifting dynamics of human-object relationships.

Starting from The World of Interiors, which was followed by Unforeseen Changes, the three shows have reflected on the materiality of the everyday in terms of space, time, and body. The title of the current show comes from Judy Attfield’s reflection on material culture studies: a distinction is made between what the author names as Design objects and everyday objects. If the former is assigned a modernist stance, charged with the purpose of improving the world through the production of new forms within mainstream discourse, the latter would be something produced by all of us in our daily living, the wild things, the kitschy, the commonplace.

In this sense, the exhibition addresses current questions related to the relation between the physical and the virtual, focusing on the body as the place where this encounter takes place. Post-photography has highlighted the problematic layers of the photographic medium; rather than producing analogous pictures, it now explores the virtual realm, where the so-called “real” is deconstructed. It is within our body that these immaterial images coalesce and return to a concrete form. Drawing also from Hans Belting’s take on the embedded relationship between society and images, Wild Things explores how the circulation of images impacts our engagement with objects and the world at large. In the words of Belting: “We live with images, we comprehend the world in images. And this living repertory of our internal images connects with the physical production of external pictures that we stage in the social realm. ”

By unpacking and exploring the way one makes sense of the world through physical elements and their representations, Wind Things reconsiders the dynamics at play between object and subject in the free flowing construction of the everyday. Things are made wild again, and so are we. Wild thing, you make my heart sing…

With the collaboration of:

Thanks to CCCB – Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona and specially to Gloria Vilches, Marc Desmonts and Jordi Gómez.
June Crespo

Daytime Regime, 2014
Between the surrealist Object trouvé and the logic of the bricoleur, June Crespo’s sculptures are made of reorganised materials that build new objects and images. They compose an updated cabinet of curiosities, whose traces are located in diverse places such as the avant-garde, the etnographic studies but also advertisement and the everyday.

June Crespo (Pamplona, 1982) lives and works in Bilbao. Selected solo shows include: “Amatista”, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao and “Reverse” programme Have A Window, Torino (2014). As group shows, 2014: Eremuak. First Thought Best, Artium, Vitoria; Retroalimentación 2014. Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid; Pareidolia, Galería Bacelos, Madrid, Hitting it off en P-exclamation, curated by Rivet, New York. She was resident in 2014 at IASPIS, Stockholm.


Untitled (Almost Lost)
Anna Franceschini. Super8 film transferred on dvd, colour, mute, 49”, looped (shot at 18 and 24 FPS), 2010
Produced with the support of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam – NL
A short observation shot in a mosque in Cairo. Less than one Super8 film cartridge exposed. Questioning authorship and temporality, the short film can be seen as a recreated found object.

Before They Break, Before They Die, They Fly!
16mm film transferred to HD video, color, mute, 5′ 40”, 2014
Thanks to her background in film theory, Franceschini effortlessly revisits the history of the medium, from early image-recording devices to avant-garde, experimental or mainstream cinema. When in the film knick-knacks from a tourist gift shop start to levitate in a set-up worthy of a cheap sci-fi movie, the artist’s contention that hers is essentially a ‘cinema of animation’ has come full circle.

Anna Franceschini (Pavia, 1979) lives and works in Amsterdam and Milano. Her work has been presented and awarded in several film festivals among which are the IFFR / Rotterdam Film Festival, 60° Locarno Film Festival (CH) and TFF/Torino Film Festival (IT). She took part in group exhibitions including SCORE at MARCO, Vigo, Dreams that money can’t buy, MAXXI, Rome (IT). Solo exhibitions include The diva who became an alphabet, Elisa Platteau, Bruxelles (BE), MACRO | studio show, MACRO, Rome (IT); Upcoming solo exhibitions include Spike Island in Bristol and Kunstverein Düsseldorf. In 2011 her work was awarded with a mention of Honor at Ariane de Rothschild Prize, Milan, and she is the winner of New York Prize 2012 (Ministero degli Affari Esteri – IT) and Terna Prize (IT). Her works are part of institutional and private collections such as the Museé National d’Art Moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MACRO Museum in Rome and Les Abattoires | Frac Midi Pyrénées.

Object Interviews
Two Single Channel HD Video’s, colour, sound, 2013
Part I: 14′ 10”, Part II: 06′ 7”
Patrick Hough. The film prop – unlike its genealogical cousin, the museum artefact, which spends its life being studied in a comfortable temperature-controlled museum environment – is marginalised and undervalued, inhabiting the dusty shelves of a voluminous prop house.

Patrick Hough (Galway, 1989) received his BA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011 and his MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include: Once More, With Feeling! MOT International project space, London (2014); Those Who Dissolve Into the Future, Narrative gallery, London (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Chronovisor: Archive, South Kisok, London, UK (2014); …all silent but for the buzzing…, Royal College of Art, London, UK (2014); Bloody English, OHWOW gallery Los Angeles (2014); When the Sleeper Wakes, Aperto Gallery, St Petersburg, RU (2013); Unearth, Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, IRL (2013); 21st century Art and Design, Christies, London, UK (2013); Waving Flags, Work Gallery, London, (2013).