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Selected Artists 2003
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  Simon Periton Simon Periton

'Simon Periton's work could be an anachronism, but it plays a double game. It might be frail and delicate, materially lightweight - a decent retrospective, properly scrunched, would probably fit in a carrier bag - still it's full of powerful images of oppression and delinquency: the knife that draws the barbs and barricades is necessarily the same knife that cuts through them, and the blank eyed seduction simply a way of drawing you into another web, a new network.'*

Simon Periton's work subverts the cosy delicacy and intimacy of the traditional doily form by way of his choice of subject - Wallis Simpson, the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, William Morris mixed with anarchy signs and perilous thorns, have all been appropriated into his elaborate paper forms.

In his site-specific commission for Channel 4's Horseferry Road building, 'Strange Attractor', Simon's signature style takes the form of a number of intricately cut vinyl elements placed on the glass throughout the building. Playing with ideas of transparency, structure and space, the artist has taken as a starting point the work of Marcel Duchamp, 'The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelor's, Even'. Reworking elements of this piece, Simon aims to enhance the transparency of the building by placing works on differing levels of the front and rear facades, collapsing the spaces between them and emphasising both the mechanical structure and the organic flow of the building. The work can be seen either when walking through the workplace, or passing by the exterior of the building.

Simon was born in Kent, in 1964 and graduated from Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design, London, in 1990. Simon lives and works in London, and is represented by Sadie Coles HQ.

*Will Bradley 2002
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Simon Periton
Strange Attractor
2004, cut vinyl
Commissioned by Channel 4 for its headquarters
© Simon Periton 2004
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