Caput Mortuum – After the Fire

Event Date: 22nd Oct 2022 - 6th Nov 2022

Keith Frake makes a welcome return to Artizan for a solo show introducing new works, this time to be hosted at the Artizan Collective gallery on Fleet Street.

The title of Keith’s exhibition, Caput Mortuum, refers to the main strands of influence that affect and inform his work. It is the Latin term and alchemical reference meaning both Dead Head and Worthless Remains and it is the theme of Worthless Remains, and the alchemical process that this represents, that has informed and is an important element of his latest work.

“Fire is the main element that energises and transforms the materials I use. Fire has the capacity both to destroy and create, to calm and produce fear. It can be used to harden, strengthen and make materials more fragile, fragile to the point where the material becomes lifeless and falls apart to become ash. I use the process of calcination to introduce the element of unpredictability and instability into the work. I mainly use melting, boiling, scorching, burning and drying, by directing flame onto the work either by blow torch or by putting objects into a bonfire, incinerator or burner.

I also use caustic substances to burn and blister surfaces to produce colour variations. The materials I use are predominantly ash, clay, lead, various other metals, bitumen paint and beeswax.”

Keith studied Fine Art at Newcastle and the Royal College of Art in London during the 1970s, working primarily in film, video, and performance. During this time he exhibited work in galleries and festivals both nationally and internationally. He then pursued a career as a teacher for over twenty years before returning to painting and drawing, developing images from a range of influences: the writings of Franz Kafka and Robert Walser, the poetry of Georg Trakl and the Book of Revelations. The films and writings of Andrei Tarkovsky have also been a strong influence.

Keith’s exhibition will make full use of the gallery space with several large scale pieces and a combination of both 2D and 3D works and will run for two weeks.

There will be an opportunity to meet Keith at an exhibiton launch on 21 October 6 – 8pm – RSVP 

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