Monday, 14 March 2011

Simon Starling

1-Exhibition view, Casey Kaplan, New York, 2002. 2-Installation view, Turner Prize 2005 exhibition.3- The Long ton 2009, Tate St Ives, 2009. 4- Island for Weeds, Courtesy of the Modern Institute Glasgow, 2003


English conceptual artist and winner of the 2005 Turner Prize, Simon Starling provokes unexpected crossings between objects, materials and events. He produces hybrid works that seem to come from another space-time continuum. From the outset, the subject of Starling’s work has been the labour expended to produce it. He displays the end result of carefully planned processes, and although the viewer only sees a reconstructed object, they are encouraged to consider the story behind its construction and transformation
Engaging directly with the sites where he exhibits, Starling often retells the stories of a particular place while making revealing – and often unexpected – connections to distant times and places. Travel and various forms of transport play an important role in the artist’s work: his own pilgrimages mimic or re-trace the paths of the resources and stories that drive his investigations and illustrate the collapsing nature of the globe. He describes his work as ‘the physical manifestation of a thought process’, revealing hidden histories and relationships.
Formidably inventive, Starling ranges widely among installations, elegantly fabricated objects, rough-and-ready assemblages, photographs, short films, books and more.

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