Francesca Tamse

Perfection by the Lines: Fine Art Perspiration

5 - 30 October 2018 | Domino Houses Billboard, Bounds Green Road, N22 8YB

Opening: Thursday 4 October 2018, 6-9pm

Francesca Tamse works with image, installation, and performance in public spaces to look at themes of masculinity and pop culture through a female gaze. She creates photographic collages that work with the photo’s subjects to re-examine behaviour and image. In recent work, she has been looking at both labour and gender as forms of performance, which often overlap.

In developing Perfection by the Lines: Fine Art Perspiration, Francesca has collaborated with Mellor & Banks art handling company. Working with two Mellor & Banks employees, she aims to collectively think through what it means to perform masculinity in public space. The work is a nod towards day jobs taken on by artists to subsidise their practices and passions,and interrogates the varied positioning of different forms of labour – whether centred or marginal, visible or hidden, gendered or fluid, financially remunerated, unpaid or in kind. Launching within Frieze Week – where art handlers form a core, but hidden, workforce behind placing the artist’s object within commercial art space – the work seeks to foreground a labour that is often unseen. The piece also speaks about temporality in these spaces, built from the ground up and taken down once the last customer exits.

The billboard display is programmed as part of Art Licks Weekend 2018, with its theme of ‘Peripheries’. 

Francesca Tamse is an artist born and raised in California and currently living in London. Her work has been featured and exhibited in Vogue Italia, 1Granary, Self Publish Be Happy, The Plantation Journal, and Dear Dave Magazine. |

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