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SELECTED WORKS BY Francis Upritchard

Save Yourself
Francis Upritchard
Save Yourself

2003

Mixed media

Dimensions variable
Francis Upritchard’s Save Yourself plays on all the worst b-movie gags – unearthed beneath the gallery is an ‘ancient’ tomb devised by a Pharaoh with a very Ed Wood sense of humour. Her mummy-on-the-cheap (a mass of rags, with a knowing glass eye), unearthed with all his burial treasures – a bar of gold (pack of fags), and earthly treasures (kitschy teapots), comes replete with his own curse: vibrating spasmodically, he might actually be frightening if his electric cord wasn’t in plain view.
The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

Francis Upritchard
The Misanthrope

2011

Modelling material, foil, wire, acrylic paint, silk, wood, polyester padding, nylon, costume jewellery, found table

Figure:59 x 25 x 30 cm, table: 80 x 80 x 53 cm
Sloth
Francis Upritchard
Sloth

2003

modelling material, fake fur, kid gloves, gold and silver rings, wood and glass cabinet

91 x 178 x 58 cm
Francis Upritchard’s Sloth looks like something gathering dust in the dark and creepy archives of the Natural History Museum. On closer inspection, it perhaps might have been hidden away for very good reason. Bejewelled, with all-too human hands, this seemingly long-dead relic is unlike anything in the known animal kingdom. Upritchard’s tampering with history again: she’s made a plausible missing link, a falsified curios, playing on horror-movie expectations of a collective consciousness.
Travellers Collection

Travellers Collection

Francis Upritchard
Travellers Collection

2003

Mixed media

91 x 153 x 61 cm
Francis Upritchard is a doctor of contemporary voodoo. Borrowing her aesthetic from the kinds of weird and wonderful mementos treasured in archives like the Pitt River Museum and the Wellcome Collection, Upritchard forges a dark and twisted history of her own. Haunting and perverse, The Travellers Collection is a curio cabinet: it’s shelves house the untold magic of grotesque clay pots, ’shrunken’ animal heads (snarling real teeth!), bizarre instruments which seem to be carved (from possibly human!) bones.

A make-shift funerary chamber for her little mummy (with an all-seeing real glass eye), containing all the treasures he will need to accompany him to the afterlife. Upritchard’s is an art of falsifying information. Appropriating readymade artefacts, hexing the viewer’s imagination to wilfully reinterpret: a car boot sale cookie jar as a mysterious ancient urn, tacky tourist shop paraphernalia as prize trophies from a long lost empire. Upritchard’s a magpie Indiana Jones: inventing creepies and curses from stuff that probably exists in your attic.

Francis Upritchard's BIOGRAPHY

Francis Upritchard
Born in 1976, New Zealand
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Francis Upritchard: War Dance, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Francis Upritchard: Potato Poem, MIMOCA’S EYE VOL. 3, MIMOCA, Kagawa, Japan

2012
A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary
Francis Upritchard, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

2011
Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry
Echo, Amersfoort Kunsthal, The Neatherlands
Methusalem, Ivan Anthony, Aukland

2010
In Die Höhle, Secession, Vienna

2009
Save Yourself, 53rd Venice Biennale - New Zealand national representation

2008
Rainwob II, Artspace Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
Rainwob I, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

2007
Bogagnome, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2006
Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London

2005
Francis Upritchard, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Solo project for Salon 94, New York
Francis Upritchard, The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam,
Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

2004
Artist in Residence, Camden Arts Centre, London

2003
Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London
New Work, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2001
Ich Dien, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Untitled (Boxing arms), Rear View, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

2000
Prince Charles, Antichrist, warehouse space, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, Visual Carlow, Ireland
O Chair O Flesh, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France

2012
Lilliput,New York High Line, New York

2011
H x W x D, Wentrup, Berlin
Stealing The Senses, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

2010
Simon Starling: Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London
Out of Joint, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
Bart Wells Boutique, 235 Brompton Road (co-organised with Luke Gottelier)
Ashes to Ashes, AMP, Athens, Greece
The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, 176 Project Space/Zabludowicz Collection, London

2009
Feierabend: Francis Upritchard, Martino Gamper, Karl Fritsch, Kate MacGarry

2008
Free Radicals, Artnews Projects Berlin
Life is a Funny Old Dog, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich
The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
Dadadandy Boutique, Artprojx Space, London
The Institute of Psychoplasmics, Pump House Gallery, London
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2007
The Crown Jewels, Salon 94 Freemans, New York
Of Deities and Mortals, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand
An Archaeology, 176 -Zabludovicz Collection, London
Reboot, The Jim and Mary Barr Collection, Christchurch Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and City Gallery Wellington Re/ Trato, Travelling Gallery, Scotland
Metrosideros Robusta, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
Tiere II, Overbeckgesellschaft Lübeck, Germany
Effigies, Stuart Shave/ Modern Art

2006
Six Feet Under – Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead, Kunstmuseum Bern
Le Nouveau Siécle, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
The Walters Prize 2006, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
Around The World In Eighty Days, South London Gallery
Pasifika Styles – Artists inside the museum, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
HIGH TIDE: new currents in art from Australia and New Zealand, Zaçheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw & CAC - Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005
Hot Spots 05, The Essl Collection, Vienna
Brutal Ornamental, Galerie Kosak Hall, Vienna
Schmuck, with Karl Fritsch, Luitpold Lounge, Munich
The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London

2004
The Secret History of Clay, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
The Death of Romance, London
Ika and thanks for all the Ika, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Albino, (with Rohan Whellans), Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
The Bart Wells Institute of London, Hamish McKay Gallery, New Zealand
New Blood, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Prospect, Wellington City Art Gallery & Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2003
Becks Futures, ICA London, Southampton City Art Gallery, & CCA Glasgow
Curiosity Kills the Gab, Artspace, Auckland
Peter Blake Sculpture, The London Institute, London
Lost Collection, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
Picture Room curated by Goshka Macuga, Gasworks, London
Rollout, curated by Ricky Swallow, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Bart Wells Institute, Kapinos Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2002
+64, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Another Shitty Day in Paradise, Bart Wells Institute, London
Break, Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth, New Zealand
The Only Way Forward, Neon Gallery, London

2001
The Bart Wells Gang, Bart Wells Institute, London
Group show, Neon Gallery, London
Enough Or Too Much, Shop Tactics Gallery, London
Teeth & Trousers, Cell Project Space, London

2000
Outcome of Probability: Francis Upritchard and Saskia Leek, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Stuffed, Stuff Gallery, London

1999
Hobby Core, Stripp Gallery, curated by Ricky Swallow, Melbourne, Australia

1998
Group show, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1997
Bland, George Fraser Gallery Auckland, New Zealand
An Attic and Two Rooms, Deans’ House, Historic Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand
Rutherford was a Teenage Sculptor, Science Alive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Accidents, Hungry Eyes Series, Fiat Lux Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1996
Identikit Series, High Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand