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Naomi Frears | Men Falling

Sun 19 Sep 2021 - Sun 07 Nov 2021



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Naomi Frears | Men Falling


Exeter Phoenix is pleased to present Men Falling a solo exhibition by Cornwall-based artist Naomi Frears, which includes newly commissioned and other recent works spanning film, painting and print. Working across these disciplines, Frears’ practice explores forms of everyday choreography, incorporating androgynous figures, ambiguous gestures, fictitious landscapes and disembodied dialogues. Her works juxtapose personal encounters and observations with visual material drawn from cinema, fashion, domestic interiors and landscaped locations.

Throughout, Frears pushes and pulls at you, suggesting and then withdrawing from an intimacy that, at times, verges on the confessional and at others meets you with a stylish, even frosty, indifference. The new film work Men Falling, which gives the exhibition it’s title, has been created with the support of the Exeter Phoenix Artists Moving Image Commission.

A further new work, In Other Words, commissioned by the neighbouring RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) is on display throughout the exhibition as an intervention to their two storey Courtyard Case. The artist’s daughter and celebrated poet Ella Frears has been co-commissioned by RAMM and Exeter Phoenix to write a new work that will also appear in and make connections between the artworks featured in both venues.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication and set of limited edition risograph prints.


Naomi Frears, shots from Men Falling solo exhibition



To accompany the exhibition, Exeter Phoenix commissioned the artist’s daughter, and award winning poet, Ella Frears to write a new work that featured alongside the work in the exhibition.


Naomi Frears is a contemporary visual artist based in St Ives. Her work has been exhibited widely including at Tate St Ives, Newlyn Gallery, Bold Tendencies (London), Plymouth College of Art Gallery, Kestle Barton (Cornwall) and Beaux Arts (London).

Her film Study In Hindsight was an award winner in Exeter Contemporary Open in 2016 and she recently created and produced a choreographed performance piece with DJ Luke Vibert, including 40 simultaneously moving cars for Groundwork, an international art project in Cornwall.

Associated Events


Sat 18 Sep: 3 – 5pm | Free.
Preview of the exhibition + poetry reading from Ella Frears at 4pm and further work on view at RAMM museum.

In Conversation Event:

Tue 19 Oct: 6.30pm | Free.
Join us for a live zoom conversation between Naomi Frears and art consultant and curator Ceri Hand.

Still from ‘Men Falling’, 2021.

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