With BREADCRUMBS, Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank present a retrospective of their past five years’ work. Through theatrical dioramas, photo and video works, sculptures, blueprints, screen prints and clay tablets, the artists tell a story that links their everyday reality to philosophical and societal questions.
A major focus in the exhibition is the role of the artist in the public space and the creation of a personal mythology.
Their jumping-off point is a series of wooden suitcases that they developed some years back during their summer residency at Be-Part. Like the duo's artistic practice, these constructions straddle the boundary of craftsmanship and performance, sculpture and prop, public and private space, gadget and artwork.
Through little performative acts that are repeated and documented over and over, the artists seek ways to transcend the physical artwork. By repeatedly exposing both themselves and their work to new contexts and environments, the artists attempt to share with spectators the poetic potential of their work.
After graduating with a master’s degree in visual arts from KASK (Ghent, 2012) Robbert and Frank have chosen to go through life as the artist duo Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank. This intense collaboration forms the basis for their artistic practice and symbolizes their vision on friendship, collectivity, interplay and knowledge sharing. Together, they realise a multidisciplinary body of works, containing objects, prints, installations, videos, actions in public places and cross-over performances on the border between arts and theatre.
Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank continue developing new methods of creation and presentation. The status of the art object and the artist are subject to constant change and transformation. They present their work in exhibitions, as well as in self-initiated actions and performances in public space. They consider this to be a strategy to reach out to a new public, to evaluate their experiments and to expand their network.
The work of Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank was previously shown in KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), BOZAR (Brussels), BuBox Kortrijk, Baro Gallery (São Paulo), De Beursschouwburg (Brussel), Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam) and Dr. Guislain Museum (Ghent). In 2019 they received a grant from the Flemish government and were invited to partake in the residency program of Air Berlin Alexanderplatz.