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Theo Simpson, The Land of the Day Before
23.01–05.03.17

Simpson’s collective works reflect on mythical themes relating to landscape and industrial heritage, probing the instability of the post-industrial landscape and its cultural and physical borders. Through the examination of materials, ruins, objects and experiences encountered and created, this practice confronts the diverse language of visual material from a variety of sources and points in time. The inherent power of this material to mould history, distort memories, and to create and manipulate meaning is explored, acting as a starting point for new thinking and possibilities.

The visual syntax of source material informs the method in which his photographic and structural works are re-imagined and presented within the complex and scarred topography of the post-industrial stage. Simpson uses structures to demonstrate the physical properties of the metals they are shaped from and the processes implicit in their manufacture and functionality. The structural form invites a holistic re-examination and re-presentation of their repetitive surfaces, materiality, and the landscapes they speculate upon, adopting an alternative language of tectonics and architecture; man’s inclination to build and to destroy.

This meticulously presented collection of visual material, objects, symbols and structural works are brought together in unlikely combinations, forming a transitory fixing where a potential dialogue can begin.