Franko B & Jock Mooney
Globe Gallery@Monument Mall
May - June, 2010
Globe @ Monument Mall sees the uncanny take to the high street in the form of Franko B’s ‘Love in times of pain: sequence two’ and Jock Mooney’s ‘Discontinued’. The installations will fill the outside windows (facing Blackett Street) of the old Boots store at Monument Mall in Newcastle City Centre.
Franko B’s installations are exclusively black. They evoke life, vanity, death, eroticism and pain.
The viewer encounters a taxidermist’s menagerie where long-dead animals perch for eternity on an array of found objects. Thick black acrylic covers both animal and object, binding them together in a beautifully haunting harmony. They become monumental, gloriously facing the viewer, their old selves hidden in impenetrable black cloaks.
Jock Mooney- Discontinued
A multitude of uniquely original hand produced brightly coloured sculptures are thrust together en masse creating a subversive shrine of sorts; a contradictory vision that recalls votive offerings and video nasties, schoolboy humour and schoolboy error.
Evoking deeply dark feelings reminiscent of the carnivalesque, Mooney’s “products” invite the viewer to seek out the familiar, to question the unfamiliar.
Globe Gallery offsite is a new programme of exhibitions, events and participatory projects that will breathe creativity into disused shops and empty spaces.
We would like to thank Neil Smith of Ward Hadaway for his support.