STUDY #6. MICHAEL SIMPSON
Opening Reception: Tuesday 15 April, 7-9pm
With performances by Tim Etchells at 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Exhibition continues 16 April - 24 May 2014
Study #6. Michael Simpson is an in-depth research project focused on the twenty-year Bench Painting series (1989-2009) by British artist Michael Simpson's (b.1940).
At the core of the exhibition are four major paintings, each five metres wide, inspired by the writings and violent death of the sixteenth century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno. Alongside, related materials from the artist's studio and archive are exhibited for the first time, including a range of drawings, sketches and rare publications. The last gallery introduces Simpson's most recent series with a composite four-canvas work from Leper Squint (2012- ongoing).
Study #6. Michael Simpson has been developed closely with the artist, and is an unprecedented moment of concentration on Simpson's methodology of work. His lifelong relationship to painting as a rigorously rational and analytical practice of repetition and iteration is investigated through his influential relationship with Samuel Beckett's writings and plays, with whom he corresponded. Through the constant returning to and re-proposing of the same motif, Simpson proposes a visual investigation into cosmological philosophies and "the infamy of religious history".
The exhibition is a development of DRAF's ongoing Study series (2012- ) of case-study presentations with in-depth research material. Previous subjects in the Study series include works by Victor Man, Carole Bove, Bruce McLean, Martin Boyce and Boyle Family.
On the occasion of the opening on Tuesday 15 April 2014, artist and writer Tim Etchells performs A Broadcast / Looping Pieces (2014) at 7.30 and 8.30pm.
The work centres around a live remixing by Etchells of pages from a chaotic accumulating Word file in which the artist has, for many years, gathered fragments of texts, ideas, conversations, excerpts from articles and other notes. Selecting passages from this textual scrapbook Etchells winds, intercuts, weaves and collides language, frequently looping and repeating individual lines, editing and re-writing on the fly to creating dialogues, juxtapositions and ambiguities.
DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation)
London NW1 7JE
(Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent)