DoBeDo contributor Frank Lebon is one of eleven artists featured in Drawing A Blank, opening Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 139 Copeland Road, London.
Lebon explores the insecurity that goes with presenting his art, using mostly security guards as his subject – featuring a range of mediums including Super 8 projections, drawings and photographs.
Drawing A Blank opens on Wednesday 5th October until Sunday 9th October 2016.
DoBeDo is happy to announce the addition of its newest contributor, Frank Lebon.
Frank Lebon is an artist and filmmaker based in London.
He works across animation, photography, drawing and film; with a speciality in analogue processes. Having recently finished his studies in graphics and then film at London College of Communication, he has now started working on both commissioned projects (mostly working with musicians or fashion brands) and his own projects. He also is the main organiser behind ‘Reely and Truly’ the DoBeDo-organised bi-annual film event.
1. Please describe what you do and the different roles drawing, photos, animation and film play in the spectrum of your work.
I guess I make images, if they are drawn, photos, animated… Whatever it is, it’s all image making. Whether I’m doing it for someone else or for myself that’s what I do. I try to blur the line between processes within my work, I’m not sure if this is because I’m still young and haven’t settled into a particular way of doing it yet or if it is just my way of working.
2. You are a young man of 22, what would you like to accomplish in the next 10 years?
To be honest I don’t really know, I definitely have a deep motivation to do the work I do but not sure what my goal is. I am lucky enough to be in a position where I can survive off the work I do already, I definitely hope that continues but my future usually extends to the completion of the next project I want to make…
I hope in 10 years I still have the freedom I have now, but with the stability and respect to be able to make whatever it is I want!!
3. You have been filmed and photographed all your life, has being the subject for so long affected the way you make your own photos and films?
If it has I would say it’s had the reverse effect, so far unless it’s a little self-portrait (drawing) I tend to never appear within my work (physically) although the work I do for myself most of the time is about me even if I don’t visually appear in it. I don’t think this is because I have been the subject of others work but more because that’s what comes naturally.
One way it has definitely effected the way I shoot is how I deal with my subject, it helps to know what it’s like to be in the subjects position. Though saying that, the majority of my subjects are unaware of me even shooting them in the first place!
4. Since you were little I imagined you would become a musician of some kind because you were very musical! It seems that that rhythm and musical energy has gone into your film and animation work, would you agree?
That’s really interesting, I couldn’t agree more. Music is such a big part of what I like to do. I definitely approach most edits whether musically related or not with rhythm. I have always found it hard to give reason to the work I do, music is so important as I believe it creates the perfect validation, you don’t have to have a reason behind why you made a tune – it can just exist as something great; for me this is the same for visuals created to/for and with music. When image and sound work in harmony it is such a great feeling. Music is also a huge source of inspiration and collaboration for me.
5. Could you define what motivates your work?
I think other people making things I like is a big motivation, more than just inspiration it actually motivates me to do more. Also I think I have a bit of an issue with needing to prove myself, you (my brother) and dad both make really amazing images and I think are very well respected for it, this puts me in an odd position; firstly a very privileged one, growing up living one-on-one with dad is enough inspiration for a lifetime and having an older brother who has done it all already for me to learn from and ask advice is priceless. Secondly though it has put me in a constant state of feeling unworthy and battling to try and prove to you two, myself and everyone one else looking in that I am meant to be here.
Guilt comes hand in hand with privilege, I think the trick is to just not worry about it and keep on doing what I’m doing but most importantly to be forever grateful for it all!
6. Do you have any heroes / influences?
There are too many filmmakers, artists and musicians to name! I should probably mention Pablo Ferro and Saul Bass for opening up a realm of abstract graphics within a commercial world of moving image.
My main influences as earlier mentioned are probably you and dad, though there are many others that I know intimately such as Dick Jewel and Barry Kamen. Barry was a very special one for me, not only am I a huge fan of his work but the way he lived and approached his work was such an eye opener, and will inform the way I approach my work and life forever.
7. Do vs. Be?
Hopefully for doing the do enough I can just be. It’s scary but definitely my true goal. So I have to go with be.