Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costuming, sound, media, digital media, special effects and installation. He creates screen-based works that are structured with respect to flow and rhythm rather than traditional plot narrative and that in turn attract and repulse through a mix of curious aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances. Repetition is a consistent feature of Franco’s works produced in recent years, along with a psychotropic sensibility and use of himself as sole performer. His practice is conceptually informed by explorations into Western popular culture and desires, domesticity and notions of ‘home’, the chaos of existence, and contemplations on the nature and possibilities of space-time.
Recent solo exhibitions include ALTERLAND, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; HOME AGAIN, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery; and HOME TOWN, Galerie pompom, Sydney. Recent institutional group exhibitions include Patternation, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery; DEADPAN, Goulburn Regional Gallery; Art as a Verb, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Artspace, Sydney; Sideshow, UTS Gallery, Sydney; Impact, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and Primavera 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2015 Franco was the recipient of the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Franco’s works are held in the public collections of Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Griffith University Art Gallery.