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Exhibition: Study #6. Michael Simpson (16 Apr – 24 May 2014)

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Study #6. Michael Simpson is a new exhibition studying in depth the work of British artist Michael Simpson.

The exhibition is a development of DRAF’s ongoing Study series (2012– ) of case-study presentations of individual works from the David Roberts Collection. Studies comprise in-depth research material: from the technical production of the work, its origin and history, to its position in the artist’s practice and contemporary debates.

For Study #6. Michael Simpson, the entire DRAF gallery space is dedicated to the project. At the centre of the exhibition are four of Simpson’s Bench Painting series (1989–2009) of large-scale oil on canvas paintings in homage to the sixteenth century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, inspired by his writings and violent death. A selection of works from a new related series titled Leper Squint (2012–ongoing), is also presented. Alongside these paintings, a range of drawings and sketches are exhibited for the first time, with rare publications and videos from the artist’s archive.

Study #6. Michael Simpson has been developed closely with the artist, and is an unprecedented moment of concentration on Simpson’s methodology of work. His lifelong relationship to painting as a rigorously rational and analytical practice of repetition and iteration is investigated through his influential relationship with Samuel Beckett’s writings and plays, with whom he corresponded. Through the constant returning to and re-proposing of the same motif, Simpson proposes a visual investigation into cosmological philosophies and “the infamy of religious history”.

Previous subjects in the Study series include works by Victor Man, Carole Bove, Bruce McLean, Martin Boyce and Boyle Family.

Please download the Study booklet below.

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  • Michael Simpson, Elongated Bench, 1991 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    1/13Michael Simpson, Elongated Bench, 1991 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    2/13Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    3/13Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    4/13Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Bench Painting no. 74, 2009-2009 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    5/13Bench Painting no. 74, 2009-2009 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Bench Painting no. 50, 1996-1998 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    6/13Bench Painting no. 50, 1996-1998 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Bench Painting no. 55, 1999-2002 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    7/13Bench Painting no. 55, 1999-2002 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Roberts collection, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    8/13Installation view of Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Publications and archival material from Michael Simpson collection, in Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    9/13Publications and archival material from Michael Simpson collection, in Study #6. Michael Simpson at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Study, Stamping of the Books, 1987 and Study, Throwing away the Books, 1991 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen.
    10/13Study, Stamping of the Books, 1987 and Study, Throwing away the Books, 1991 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen.
  • Leper Squint, 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.
    11/13Leper Squint, 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.
  • Leper Squint (detail), 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.
    12/13Leper Squint (detail), 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.
  • Leper Squint (detail), 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.
    13/13Leper Squint (detail), 2013-2014 at DRAF, 2014. Courtesy: the artist.