KEVIN WRENCH & ANDREW FRANKS
We make objects and environments. We also combine them with video, animation and performance.
We provide creative consultancy to clients, from television companies to experimental theatre groups. We have worked as Directors, Animators, Writers and Performers on TV shows, architectural visualisations, community and educational films, and as Production Designers for theatre, film and multimedia.
Exhibitors: London Puppet Centre, Museum of the Moving Image, V&A RIBA Gallery, DUCKiE, the Schwules Museum, Berlin and private collections.
Clients include BBC, ITV, Ch4, TF1, GMTV, Ash Sakula Architects, Pariscope, Lipservice Theatre, The Africa Centre, Hodder Headline, Aardman Animations.
We collaborate with historical archives, and devise festival/event workshops. We studied at Kings College London and Bristol University and are occasional Guest Tutors for the Postgraduate Directors course at London University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. We are based both in London and Berlin.
We get excited when serious History and Science gets tangled up with the theatrics of devotional tableaux, the carnival sideshow and the shop window display.
Artist duo Wrench & Franks present themselves in refreshingly ironic context.. contributing a world of self-portraiture in their video installation… as two statues from an ancient temple on a tram ride through Berlin. Clearly, self-referential art does not have to be boring.” Frank Hermann – DU & ICH magazine
“Horror for Wimps – Lipservice.. film and television inserts. These are stunningly good, thanks not only to their playing.. but to the spot-on pastiche filming by Wrench and Franks.” Victor Hallett – THE STAGE
”Rex the Runt.” is hilarious and as consistently brilliant as The Simpsons.. pitiless parodies of the sentimentality common in animation and British television series, here juxtaposed with a cracked family dynamic. The outcome is savage and sparkling.” Elvis Mitchell – THE NEW YORK TIMES