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Trace

Tags: Exhibition

15th May

Deconstructing Wholeness 22   2017

I'm delighted to say that I will be exhibiting my series of drawings Deconstructing Wholeness for the first time as a cohesive group, at Kevis House Gallery.

This important body of work for me was a direct link between a series of sculptures I had been working on at the same time, and the subsequent durational day drawings I am working on now, so it is a real pleasure for me to be able to see all the drawings in one space at the same time.

The title Trace is not only descriptive of the act of making the drawing, the track or line left by my pen as its builds up the drawing, but also describes the minimal marks which record something that has previously existed, in this case the shadow of a rock which was placed upon the paper as the origin of the drawing.

Deconstructing Wholeness 19   2016

Working in series, I set up a system of prescribed rules where my hand became the objective tool to create the drawings. I was not focused upon an end result before I started, instead I let the system run until it was completed, and the drawing finished.

For all the drawings in this exhibition I have used humble pieces of Chert as the origin of the shadows which my set processes then explore further. These are common and unremarkable stones found in the fields close to my studio.

This series of drawings continues my fascination with rock as the material and conceptual backbone to my practice. It is a direct tool I use to create my work and by drawing it, in differing ways, I attempt to deepen my understanding of the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human, as a means of understanding our relationship with impermanence.

Deconstructing Wholeness 13   2015

Exhibition:
10am-5pm Monday - Saturday
19 May - 30th June
Kevis House Gallery
Lombard Street
Petworth
West Sussex
GU28 0AG
T: 01798 215 007
E: mail@kevishouse.com

 

Beyond Ourselves

Tags: Group Exhibition

14th November

Beyond Ourselves logo

I'm delighted to be showing again with Anima Mundi Gallery, in the online exhibition Beyond Ourselves. Formed during the second national lock down and in response to it, this exhibition takes a broad but well curated look at artists whose focus is currently engaged with notions of otherness or that which has an expansive quality to it.

Simon Hitchens Day Drawing 2   Anima Mundi

I'm delighted to be able to exhibit a durational day drawing I made earlier this year. It was made between sun rise and sun set. The images underneath the artwork itself shows the intense process of its making and I believe speak for themselves.

Exhibition dates: 14/11/20 - 02/1/21
Location: animamundigallery.com

Simon Hitchens   drawing   sunrise 2
Simon Hitchens   drawing   noon
Simon Hitchens   drawing   sunset 2
 

Wilderness for the Mind

Tags: Public Event, Group Exhibition

11th June

WAC Wilderness of the Mind flyer 2 6

I'm delighted to be part of this online exhibition with fellow members of the Wilderness Art Collective. "A non-profit organisation run by volunteers — a group of creatives, artists, explorers and environmentalists whose work discusses the natural world."

This exhibition was borne from the cancellation of an exhibition due to the Covid 19 lock down measures and the subsequent sense of isolation we all felt in our inability to immerse ourselves within the wild for soulful reward. It is a broad church of disciplines, but centred on each members' need to engage with the wild as a core part of their artists practice.

I am pleased to be showing two rock/flesh works and my immersive film Genesis.

Live Opening Event streamed on Facebook and Wilderness Art Collective Youtube channel: Thursday 11th June 7-8pm

Exhibition runs online: 12 June - 3rd July.

 

Ode to a Nightingale

Tags: Exhibition, Group Exhibition

25th April

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I am delighted to be included in ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ at animamundigallery which opens from 25/4 - 1/6.

Simon Hitchens    A certain reciprocity 1   2

This major online exhibition offers a mixed selection of works, which withhold within them a complimentary, liminal, mystery to Keats’s all too pertinent masterpiece.

Simon Hitchens    A certain reciprocity 4   1

Featured Artists : Massimo Angei, Simon Averill, Kristoffer Axen, Sarah Ball, Samuel Bassett, Harriet Bell, Trevor Bell, Paul Benney, Jim Carter, Mat Chivers, Kate Clark, David Cooper, Phoebe Cummings, Andrew Hardwick, Rebecca Harper, Youki Hirakawa, Simon Hitchens, Henry Hussey, Sax Impey, Harminder Judge, Arthur Lanyon, Andrew Litten, Alastair Mackie, Kate McGwire, Jamie Mills, Richard Nott, Si On (formerly Hyon Gyon), Eeva Peura, Michael Porter, John Robinson, James Seow, Tim Shaw, Roger Thorp & Jess Leroy Smith, Joy Wolfenden Brown, Evelyn Williams and Carlos Zapata.

 

Speed of Thought

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Event

8th November

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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

 
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