In search of another Laocoon 2016. Foam, plaster. 180cm x 50cm x 25cm
'In search of another Laocoon'
In this sculpture, Francis uses the hellenistic Greek sculpture 'Laocoon and His Sons' as his primary reference point. Although the original sculpture displays a suffering that is grandiose and heroic, Francis' reinterpretation is stoic and quietly violent. The expressive face of the priest has now fallen away, leaving a hole and the suggestion of a head that has been eroded.
Charlemagne VII-XII 2016. MDF, vinyl. 60cm x 45cm
In these six collages, Francis displaces logos and symbols from the world of high finance and reconstructs them into an array of different collages. The designs allude to the anonymity that they require but still ensure there presence in our world is denoted through there logos, financial visual language and high rise offices. The work aims to unpick that veneer and express the position that the highly complex models that have been the foundation of modern commerce over the last thirty years is starting to unravel.