This special boxed edition of Periton’s cut-outs and ‘doily’ works display his imaginative detail and interest in the uncanny. Investigating qualities of light and weight, Periton refers often to the mixed delicacy and horror often found in fairytales and modern myth. Figures, skulls, masks and body parts are nearly-present in his images, but skim identification, emerging as a part of the ethereal, inscrutable and bewitching backgrounds. Using a language rich with description and poetical cadence, Michael Bracewell’s essay, Into the Shadowland: Ultra-vivid Ornamentalism, makes an in-depth study of the heightened fantasy landscapes of the artist’s work, drawing largely on their cultural and historical relatives and context. Webs, blades and wings are all treated as powerful images of oppression and medievalism.
Included with the edition is a unique glass painting built up in successive templated layers of sprayed car paint. Incorporating the remnants of sprayed paint into his mark-making process, the glass is then overturned to reveal the image’s form, much of which is informed by a psychedelic and Gothic ambience.
Images copyright Simon Periton; courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Simon Periton was born in Kent in 1964 and graduated form Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, London, in 1990. His work centres around the subversion of delicate and ordinarily ‘cosy’ structures such as the traditional doily and paper cut outs. He is known for working with paper and glass as a way of enhancing their transparency and structure.
Periton has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, with solo shows at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Vacio 9, Madrid and The Modern Institute, Glasgow. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions: Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt-am-Main, 2005; Sarah & Simon, Platform 3, London, 2006; Effigies, Modern Art, London, 2007 and Dark Monarch, Tate St Ives, St Ives, 2008. The artist lives and works in London and is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London.