– FRANK MEETS BOBBY

FRANK MEETS BOBBY, 2015, Installation, objects, sound (7:15min voice over), text

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An urban tale, contemporary legend, urban legend is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. An urban legend might sound believable, but it can include details that turn out to be impossible. The teller of an urban legend may claim it to have happened to a friend of a friend, who happens to be just outside the circle of acquaintances of the listener. In reality, the story is often international, having passed on from one continent to another. A contemporary legend can be based on a true story, but usually it mutates and escalates as it moves on, gathering new details that were not included in the original event. – Wikipedia

Bobby is a working class hero born in Queens. He began painting graffiti in the New York Subway in the early 1970s. Today Bobby runs two car junkyards on the outskirts of Long Island. Frank is a Finnish graffiti legend, who is also known as the most urban guy of Helsinki. Bobby has promised to employ Frank in one of his many junkyards. Frank’s journey to Bobby is a symbolic pilgrimage to the secret sources of urban culture. The work seen in Sorbus gallery is an urban legend. It is based on an intervention that was carried out in New York in May 2015 and the image and sound material gathered during the time.

Working group: Tatu Engeström, Konsta Ojala and Sakari Tervo.