2009

COMMA 08

DJ Simpson


Exhibition Dates: 11 June – 18 July 2009
DJ Simpson is a painter who refers to his own work as ‘drawing with electricity.’ For Bloomberg SPACE, he covered the surfaces of the rear gallery with his Rococo style grey tone wallpaper, punctuated by a series of new engraved mirror pieces. With a nod to the Baroque master Tiepolo, Simpson’s intricate wall paper design was mechanically produced with raised surface printing. Its spiralling ellipses and shifting backdrop of dappled tonal grey discs transformed the rear gallery creating an intimate almost domestic space.

Using wallpaper marked a new departure for Simpson, who is best known for his large scale paintings which reference grand works from the Abstract Expressionist canon, whose influence resonate playfully throughout his work. The routered works commissioned for Bloomberg SPACE were also a new development for Simpson who experimented with using partially mirrored perspex resulting in complex broken surfaces of mirror ground and non-reflective routered mark.

Essay

About: DJ Simpson
(b. Lancaster, UK 1966) lives and works in London.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.