The Event of Form in the Art of Robert Franca

Robert Franca is an artist based in New York. Inspired by the architectural forms in 14th-century Italian art, his work veers between painting and sculptures in absolute harmony.

Robert Franca in his own words…

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For Twenty years I’ve been balancing my studio time between painting and sculpture. But it’s not a rigid divide. In fact, my practice has been ‘about’ dissolving boundaries between them. 

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… My paintings double as concept tryouts for sculptures. They help me find my forms, but I’m as conscious of them as fields of color and light as I am of their use of planes in defining a structure.

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… I’m intent on transposing my imagery concepts from paintings that stand on their own, into the realm of sculpture. 

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… Much of my work relates to architecture and design.The conceptual underpinnings of my work are based on the architectural forms in 14th-century Italian paintings.  

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… I first fell in love with Architecture when I realized I was looking at an ‘idea’ that was first conceived on a two-dimensional plane.

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… As with architectural practice, my drawings, paintings and scale model prototypes also serve as representations of larger works. 

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… I draw/paint with the belief that the forms I imagine can be built – and then I build them. Using foam core, I construct in-scale sculptures that illustrate as well as validate my 2D concepts.

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… It’s a material that’s not precious and allows me to work quickly and take risks.

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… I believe a sense of space is the essence of all senses and I’m attracted to painting and sculpture by its ability to project concordant structure into space through an envisioning faculty.

 

… But my extended goal is to create a sense of place; to create a public art that is decidedly personal while pursuing the challenge of presenting spontaneously wrought images, conceived through a process of free association, into a sense of space and possibility.

For more about Robert’s brilliant work, check www.robertfranca.com


Thank you, Robert Franca, for submitting your work to Archilibs | Drawing 101