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Thinking Beyond Rock

Tags: Solo Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Event

23rd June

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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
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE18 0PT



Tags: Solo Exhibition, Public Event

8th March
Known for its biennial festival of contemporary art made in response to the Isle of Portland, b-side never sleeps, holding events throughout the year at its project space - Outpost. This month at Outpost I will be showing my film Genesis, which explores ideas of what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. To support the film I will also be showing new and experimental sculpture in wax and resin. These appear as rocks or cave-like voids, yet have a disturbing and uncanny similarity to flesh. There will also be drawings and works on paper, exploring further the theme of transience.

I will be talking about the work and the ideas behind it, at 7pm on Thursday 16th March, please come along. I'm afraid places are limited so you will need to book a free place HERE.
I shall also be at Outpost all day on 30th March if you wish to talk with me further about the work.

Touch Stones
16th March - 8th April
12pm - 5pm, Tues - Sat
77 Furtuneswell


Open Studio and Talk

Tags: Solo Exhibition, Studio Practice, Public Event

7th September 2014
In conjunction with Somerset Art Weeks I will be opening my studio and showing my latest work in its gallery. When deciding to open my studio (for the first time since building it) at the beginning of the year, I had no idea what I would like to exhibit, but was focused on experimenting with new ideas and possibly materials, as a challenge to myself and my work. As the months rolled out I found my interests both broadening and yet galvanising, and I'm now keen to see how the new work looks when exhibited, and what response it will get from its audience - not least a film piece which is certainly a new medium for me. As part of this experiment I shall also be giving a talk which will focus on my fascination with rock, in all aspects of my life, not just my work. This is possibly more of a gamble than exhibiting new work for the first time, but I'm fired up about bringing it all together on the night.

I think the text for the SAW brochure sums it all up pretty well:
'An experiment in form, material and thought: a sculpture installation centred on rock and the position it holds in our psyche. From pebbles to mountains, from deep time to now: a quest to find a balance between contemporary art and the sublime beauty of the natural world.'

Studio open: 11am - 6pm, Thursday - Sunday, 25th September - 5th October.
Talk 6.30 pm Saturday 4th October - no booking required.

Address: Croft Studio, Pound Lane, Buckland St Mary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3SN mb: 07941 650164