Speed of Thought

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Event

8th November

Simon Hitchens . 05.57 18.4028.03.19ST252148

I'm delighted to be exhibiting this day drawing in a fascinating exhibition which explores how drawing is important across a range of creative practices, not just the visual arts. Drawing serves as a touchstone to the more unconscious side of our creativity and consequently is often a key into the heart of creative productivity, and even humanity.

This series of drawings are made by drawing rock shadows created by direct sunlight between sunrise and sunset. They are intense meditations on the nature of being: durational, expansive and exploring the transience of human life.

This exhibition, beautifully curated by Hand & Young, sits scientists next to artists, musicians next to architects. It is only open for a short time, but is well worth visiting.

Private view Thursday 14th November 6-8.30pm
On Thursday 21st, I and a number of fellow exhibitors will be giving practitioners talks: 6-8pm.

11am - 5pm
15th Nov - 24th Nov
Newington Gallery (part of Art Academy London)
155 Walworth Road
London
SE17 1RS

 

RWA Open 167

Tags: Group Exhibition

27th September

Simon Hitchens . Deconstructing Wholeness 22
Simon Hitchens . Deconstructing Wholeness 21

I'm pleased to be showing two drawings in this years open exhibition. Part of my Deconstructing Wholeness series, these take shadows of rocks as their starting points and then prescribed rules dictate where I draw the lines. The final outcome is always unknown until it arrives, and inevitably throws up further thoughts and questions worth exploring in the next drawing.

The RWA is a great national gallery and this show in particular has a broad and interesting rage of work on view, particularly the black and white room, which also exhibits sculpture.

Tues-Sat - 10am - 5.30pm
Sunday - 11am - 5pm
Monday - closed
Royal West of England Academy
Queen’s Road,
Clifton, Bristol
BS8 1PX
T: +44 (0)117 973 5129
E: info@rwa.org.uk

 

Animate - Inanimate

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture

20th July

More than Human 4

I am delighted to be exhibiting this work in the Royal Society of Sculptors' Summer Exhibition. Selected by Greville Worthington (Chair for the Board of Trustees for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park), it is part of a series called More Than Human.

This uncanny union between rock and flesh, continues my fascination with the interconnectedness between the human and non-human, as a means of exploring our relationship with impermanence; what passes and what outlasts. In the age of the Anthropocene, how we comprehend the geological world and the flesh world as united, interconnected even, seems a pertinent question.

22nd July - 14th September
Mon-Fri: 11am-5pm
Sat: 12-5pm

sculptors.org.uk

Royal Society of Sculptors
Dora House
108 Old Brompton Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 3RA

 

Hitchens: Alfred, Ivon, John, Simon

Tags: Group Exhibition

1st July

One Day 26319

I am delighted to be exhibiting alongside my forefathers in a group show - bravo to Kevis House Gallery for making it happen. Ivon and John are both having a number of exhibitions throughout the south of England this summer, but my great grandfather Alfred's work is rarely seen.

Landscape and the natural world are themes which run strongly through my family's art, and a direct tool I use to create my work. I'm pleased to be showing new bronzes and drawings for the first time - for example this shadow drawing made between sunrise and sunset, recording the relentless rotation of the earth beneath our feet.

This exhibition has been organised in conjunction with Petworth Festival and Pallant House Gallery.

Private View 17 July 1-8pm

Intimate Places

17 - 31 July
10am - 5pm: Tuesday - Saturday
Kevin House Gallery
Lombard Street
Petworth, West Sussex
GU28 0AG
kevishouse.com
mail@kevishouse.com
01798 215 007

 

Thinking Beyond Rock

Tags: Solo Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Event

23rd June

One Day 26219

This solo show at Cheeseburn combines all aspects of my practice: drawing, sculpture, film, photography and public art. Landscape is a clear theme which runs though the exhibition and in particular my ceaseless investigation with rock as a material and conceptual tool to explore the human condition. I am particularly pleased to be exhibiting for the first time, my day-long shadow drawings, pictured above. These have been made by continued drawing between sunrise and sunset. Other drawings and sculpture offer different ways to view this inanimate material and questions its interconnectedness with human kind. My large screened film Genesis will be viewing continuously, offering an immersive experience of landscape.

Themes of perception, duality, reflection and presence are continued in two large scale sculptures outdoors, in the beautiful grounds of Cheeseburn Grange.

Displaced Topography

As part of this exhibition I am displaying a working model and large scale images of my planned local sculpture Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark. The objective is to produce a contemporary landmark and cultural destination at Cold Law on the Ray Estate, which benefits the local community and economy, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s services to the country and her life-long dedication to the Commonwealth. The success of the sculpture will grow from a sensitivity to land and place: born in form, material and presence from the majestic geography that supports it.

This exhibit explores how my public commissions are interconnected with my studio practice through materials and concepts, how I work across different mediums and scales to investigate our relationship to the planet we live upon.

I will be giving a talk about my work on the weekend of 6/7th July.

Elizabeth Landmark by Simon Hitchens

29th & 30th June, 6th & 7th July
11am - 4pm
Cheeseburn
Newcastle upon Tyne
Northumberland
NE18 0PT
cheeseburn.com
info@cheeseburn.com

 

Parallel Lines - Drawing & Sculpture

Tags: Group Exhibition

20th June

Deconstructing Wholeness 13

I am delighted to be taking part in an exhibition at the Lightbox Gallery, Woking, titled Parallel Lines - Drawing & Sculpture. The concept of this show is to exhibition drawings by contemporary sculptors alongside sculptures of Modern British sculptors held within the Ingram Collection. Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture with Colour and Strings, pictured below, is the sculpture I have chosen to respond to in this exhibition, which explores how artists have used line in both drawing and sculpture. Landscape was a prime source of inspiration for Hepworth, saying “All my work comes from the landscape.” My own practice has a deep engagement with the natural world and I am exhibiting two drawings which explore specific aspects of rock where straight lines or ‘moments’ define and animate an internal space.

Sculptors in this exhibition include Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick, Anthony Caro and William Turnbull amongst others. A twin exhibition Parallel Lines: Sculpture and Drawing, is currently on show at the Royal Society of Sculptors (108 Old Brompton Road, London SW3) until 13th July. That exhibition reverses the concept by exhibiting drawings from Modern British sculptors with sculptures by contemporary sculptors.

Private View at Lightbox 26 June 6.30-8pm

Hepworth Sculpture with Colour and String hi res small

22 June - 25 August
10.30am - 5pm: Tuesday - Saturday
The Lightbox
Chobham Road
Woking, Surrey
GU21 4AA
thelightbox.org.uk
01483 737800

 

Ascendant: Influences

Tags: Public Commission, Studio Practice

20th June
In the last of four short films describing thoughts and processes behind my sculpture Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark, I here talk about what inspires and influences my practice. Landscape and the natural world are at the heart of it.
Film by Crystlsd
Click HERE to see short film.

Studio Interior
 

Ascendant: Inspiration

Tags: Public Commission, Studio Practice

17th June
Commissioning briefs for large scale public works of art can be expansive and thought provoking: Ascendant has layers of social, material and historical context but here I describe how it references Queen Elizabeth II and The Commonwealth.
Film by Crystalsd
Click HERE to see short film

study
 

Ascendant: How I Got Involved

Tags: Public Commission, Studio Practice

13th June
How a sculptor ends up making public art, involves months and sometimes years of conversations and thought, a whittling down of applicants and options until the right solution presents itself. Here I describe a little of the process behind Ascendant.
Film by Crystlsd
Click HERE to see short film

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Ascendant: Describing the sculpture

Tags: Public Commission, Studio Practice

10th June
As the planning decision for my commission in Northumberland draws near, I'd like to share a few personal thoughts behind its design and choice of materials. It took weeks for the seed of an idea to germinate in to the final form - Ascendant: The Elizabeth Landmark.
Film by Crystlsd
Click HERE to see short film.

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