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Fresh Fresher is a monograph on the work of British artist Jane Simpson. It is a celebration of her career since 1992 when, while still a student, she first experimented with the use of ice and her now trademark refrigeration technique. Rather than following a strict chronology, the book surveys Simpson’s work thematically, punctuated by three critical texts. An introduction by Norman Rosenthal and essays by Ulrike Groos, Director, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Mark Godfrey, Slade School of Art, place the artist’s work in a broader art historical context. By positioning the pieces in abstract perspectives of vivid colour, the book’s design accentuates the pastel tones and shades that, as in her rubber casts of kitchen utensils or photographs of Tupperware, Simpson characteristically uses in her work.
Fresh Fresher takes its title from Simpson’s sculpture of a pair of vases with roses in different stages of bloom, a work she based on two of Giorgio Morandi’s paintings. A variation on the classical tradition of still life, this piece (2000) exemplifies the underlying themes invariably present in the artist’s work to date: the process of appropriation and transformation, and the dialectics of decay and renewal.
Jane Simpson (born 1965) trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London.
In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London; she was also selected to take part in the controversial Sensation exhibition of 1997. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, the Arts Council of England, the British Council and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona.
Recent solo shows include Tableau at CAC Malaga, 2004; Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion, Galería Javier López, Madrid and Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 2004; A Three Way Conversation with Myself, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 2005; Still Still Life, Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid, 2006 and Jane Simpson, Gering & López Gallery, New York, 2008. Recent group shows include Valencia Biennale, 2005; kissingcousins, curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2007 and Weather Report (Art and Climate Change), Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno Canary Islands, 2007.
Jane Simpson lives and works in London.