Image: Detail from Part One of the The Thames Wunderkammer
‘The Thames Wunderkammer: Tales from Victoria Embankment in Two Parts’ is a new body of work produced as part of a public art commission on behalf of Tideway.
London has outgrown its sewerage system. The capacities originally allowed for in the sewer network designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette in the 1850s have been extended and now exceeded. The Thames Tideway Tunnel (scheduled for completion in 2022) will upgrade London’s sewerage system to cope with the demands of the city well into the 22nd century.
Tideway launched a new temporary art commission, to be located on the hoarding surrounding the Victoria Embankment Foreshore construction site, in central London; it is close to key central London landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House, Hungerford Bridge and Whitehall Gardens.
Responding to the rich heritage of the site, I’ve created a metaphorical ‘cabinet of curiosities’ along the two 25-metre foreshore hoardings. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities.
The work is an aesthetic excavation of the area, creating an artwork that reflects the literal and metaphorical layering of the landscape, in which objects from the past and present are juxtaposed to evoke new meanings. Monumental statues are placed alongside items that are more ordinary; diverse elements, both man-made and natural, co-exist in new ways. All these components symbolise the landscape’s complex history, culture, geology, and development.
About the Thames foreshore:
The Thames foreshore is the longest archaeological site in London. Discoveries include: prehistoric archaeological remains at sites from Greenwich to Putney; Anglo-Saxon fish traps, the remains of Medieval, Tudor and Stuart jetties, re-used warship timbers, river defences, stairs, causeways, slipways, wharves, crane bases, bargebeds, drains and vessels, from throughout Greater London. The foreshore is also full of interesting artefacts, ranging from clay pipes and pottery fragments dating as far back as the Roman and prehistoric periods to flint tools, animal (and occasionally human!) bone, trading tokens and coins.
I have been selected by Stephen Doherty to participate in the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition this November at the Mall Galleries, London.
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector’s section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.
Stephen Doherty is the Director of Visitor Communications for Somerset House in London where he has mounted a variety of free exhibitions. For nearly 20 years he worked for the V&A, where he managed travelling exhibitions and curated fashion performances in the Museum’s galleries.
The 2015 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, and will be open to the public daily from Thursday 12 November until Sunday 22 November 2015. Entrance will be free and all works will be for sale.
I will be showing six pieces from my New Vedute series.
Full details of Art14 fair can be found on their website here.
Flowers Gallery will be exhibiting some work from Pierdom at the London Art Fair.
The 26th edition takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 15 – 19 January 2014.
Visit stand number 35.
Tues 14 January*
VIP Preview: 3pm – 6pm
Evening: 6pm – 9pm
Wed 15 January
11am – 9pm
Thurs 16 January
11am – 9pm
Friday 17 January
11am – 7pm
Sat 18 January
10am – 7pm
Sun 19 January
10am – 5pm
Photograph: Amerta Movement Workshop, Avebury Henge, Wiltshire, 2nd June 2008
© Simon Roberts, from We English
Positive View Foundation has unveiled details of its next major exhibition to be held at London’s Somerset House in London this March – a sweeping overview of the rich genre of 21st Century Landscape photography. The novel exhibition is the first of its kind anywhere to show both the harsh, even brutal realities of the changing environment, as well as its enduring and stunning beauty.
The exhibition will include several of my prints from We English and XXX Olympiad. There is more information available here.
‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ is a wide-ranging and ground-breaking exhibition featuring more than 70 of the world’s most highly regarded photographers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, with many of them showcasing previously unseen and recently completed works. The exhibition will run from 14th March – 28th April 2013 and is curated by the globally respected curator, William A. Ewing.
Focusing on our rapidly changing planet, ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ features more than 170 original works of art taken by enterprising photographers employing technology ranging from 19th Century plate-camera techniques to the use of planes, drones, robots and even satellites to capture vivid images of earth’s varied terrain – and even distant planets. Many of the major names in photography are represented: Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kandar, Ryan McGinley, Robert Adams, Simon Norfolk, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lee Friedlander, Simon Roberts, Toshio Shibata, Robert Polidori and many others contributing spectacular imagery. Also featured are striking images by a younger generation of photographers: Pieter Hugo, Susan Evans, Raphael Dallaporta, Penelope Umbrico, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, and others.
Exhibition hashtag: #LandmarkExhibition
Art13 London is the capital’s new art fair for Modern and Contemporary art, presenting a truly global perspective and showcasing art from 1945 to the present day. The first edition will showcase over 120 leading galleries from 30 different countries and here you will find over a thousand paintings, sculptures, multi-media installations and a special focus on prints and editions as well as photography.
Flowers Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of my work on stand B4.
The inaugural Fair will take place at Olympia Grand Hall in West London from 1-3 March 2013 (VIP day: 28 February 2013).
Olympia Grand Hall
London W14 8UX
For visitor enquiries please contact:
You can view a catalogue online here.
One of my photographs from the series XXX Olympiad made today’s Saturday Telegraph Magazine cover feature on the A-Z of 2012. “Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London, 12 August 2012” features as letter L, for London 2012.
My favourite artwork on display at this year’s Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, London.
My second dispatch from the London Olympics published in today”s Financial Times Weekend Magazine and online here.
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The new issue of Boat Magazine has just launched with London as its selected city. The magazine includes a selection of my work.