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Fran Cottell

Pentagon Petal


Pentagon Petal
An intervention by Fran Cottell and Marianne Mueller
4 to 30 July 2016

The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground
Chelsea College of Art
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU

The gates will be open:
Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 7.30pm

Private View  |  4 July 2016 from 6 to 8.30pm
Finnisage |  29 July 2016 from 6 to 8.30pm
Jour Fixe  |  Fran Cottell and Marianne Mueller will be on site Saturday 9, 16, 23 and 30 July between 1pm and 3pm

Pentagon Petal is supported by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Staff Fund and Careers and Employability, and Brewers Decorator Centres

Collection of Curators Heads
(Kit Hammond S.L.G.)

Photo credit Terry Watts

Fran Cottell | Statement

The three house based live installations: ('Display', 'Still Live' and 'Collecting Time: The Living and the Dead’) addressed the central question of how to show the ephemeral, live experiences that make up the quotidian within the fixed frame of the art institution. How to preserve life, or rather the breath of ‘aliveness’? There was a dialogue with museums re. the static nature of collections and the inability/ability of museums and galleries to collect life, live art and time; a hole in the ceiling (in ‘Collecting Time’) facilitated, in a form of reverse collecting, a photographic collection of visiting curators heads.

I am currently increasing the audience for and further highlighting this work by developing new house projects that are partly or totally presented within an art institutional context and looking at suitable contexts for extending and displaying the collection of curator’s heads.

Projects within a wider environment are concerned with looking at sites and communities, shifting focus through displacement and subversion of expectations and hierarchies.

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© Fran Cottell 2016

'Maisie' from 'Collecting Time:The living and the Dead' 2005/6

Photo credit Terry Watts


From 'Collecting Time: The Living and The Dead'

A live installation for Café Gallery Projects

Photo credit Terry Watts


Title 'View'

Site-specific installation, commissioned by Café gallery projects, London.

In ‘View’ at Dilston Grove (14th-15th July 2001

Photo credit Mark Hawood