SIMON PERITON – “GOLD DIGGER”
We are delighted to have this wonderful sculpture set into the base of the box. Periton says the work- “is a re-working of an earlier cut paper piece, developed out of my fascination with alchemy and transformative chemical processes. It might be a mask or possibly a tool to delve deeper beneath the surface. It has been water cut in brass and double dipped in gold”
Periton studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. “Much of my work has been concerned with ideas of the decorative with a focus on the subversive potential this can open up. Decoration and the decorative surface have always been fertile ground for me, allowing a degree of creative manoeuvring that can be both playful and thoughtful. Penetrate and slip beneath this surface, and there is often a rich murky underworld to be explored”
GARY HUME- “BLUE NUN”
Blue Nun is an exquisite work. Each silk screen is hand cut, printed onto an exceptionally thick paper in layers of high gloss, making the blue colour sing and the surface feel three dimensional. Expertly produced by Mark Jenkins at K2, each print is full bleed with the image hand cut.
Hume RA first came to prominence with his Door paintings in the 1990s. Hume represented Britain at the Venice Biennial in 1999 with his ‘Water Paintings’ which consisted of the overlapping outlines of female nudes. Other notable phases in Hume’s development as an artist include his ‘Cave Paintings’ with images made of different marbles, and ‘American Tan’ which explored the impact of the global spread of American culture. Since then his work predominantly consists of appropriated images from popular culture or nature, depicted in glossy paint on aluminium. Recent solo shows include Tate Britain, London, ‘Gary Hume: Flashback’, Arts Council Collection, touring; ‘The Indifferent Owl’, White Cube, London; ‘Structure and Absence’, White Cube, London.
RACHAEL HOWARDS – “SUZIE”
“Suzie” is a subtle, beautiful & delicate work, wood block printed onto Japanese “Shiohara paper. Each print put through a press and then hand finished with a traditional Japanese Baren tool. Rachel says that, ‘since seeing the exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2009 of the Japanese artist Kuniyoshi, she has beem affected by the delicacy of his line and medium as a whole, especially the way he represents rain and pattern, violence and beauty and have since ventured into this territory making many woodblock prints of which Suzie is one, the contact of the sharp tool on the block is so satisfying but also unforgiving not unlike painting’
Howard was born in County Durham in 1969 and graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 1991. She grew up on a farm in Easington, County Durham. She attended a Quaker school from the age of sixteen, and the stories, concerns and questions raised by religion have had a profound effect on her work throughout her career. With an oeuvre that suggests the delicacy of flesh, the subjectivity of perception and the complexity of our emotional spectrum, Rachel Howard could be described as a painter of life.
GAVIN TURK – ” GT BISCUIT”
Gavin has created us a biscuit, in resin for our Selection Box.
Turk has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art. Turk’s installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91′. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions. Turk’s work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world.
SARAH STATON – “THE ESPERANTO OF CURRENCY”
Staton has made us some money… A beautiful digital print, embellished with a silk screen gold coin. She thatthe work- “¥ € £ $ and ₹; is a repeat motif created from these overlaid global currency symbols. The Esperanto of Currency was created for a recent exhibition of the same name, offering a topical riposte to current debates on global markets, stretched economies and siphoned hyper-wealth. For Galerie Simpson a golden Bit Coin is gloriously embossed over this net of interlocked nation specific currency.
Staton was born in 1961 in London. After studying at St Martins College of Art, she co-founded Milch Gallery, the first of many collaborative artists initiatives, that include SupaStore, THE SCHTIP and most recently Pea Proposals. Within her commissions and studio work Staton uses materials’ affective dimension – their ability to trigger associations and psychological responses – to supplement the established modernist coupling of form and function with a third term, feeling – an important but elusive texture for public art and urban design.Through ‘threshold sculptures’ which are simultaneously formal and functional, aesthetic and utilitarian, her off modern practice questions how design and the specific haptic properties of materials can dynamise site and experience.