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"Simon Fathfull: Dog Ends"
2002-02-26 until 2002-05-26
Transit Space
London, , USA United States of America

Transit Space is pleased to present new work by British artist Simon Faithfull. Faithfull’s recent work has had an infatuation with the digital pixel. Used as a totem of everything that technology is not supposed to be, the pixels laid down in these Palm Pilot drawings create images on the point of disappearing. Rather than capturing reality in high resolution, the crude, jagged lines are formed by a series of ‘on/off’ propositions that speak more of loss, and the inability of the human mind to hold a memory.

For his installation at Transit Space, Faithfull will be creating large-scale bit-maps – literally a map of bits – which in this case will form images of the ends of his dog. Here, the role of pixels will be taken by cigarette papers – liquorice for black, regular for white. Licked and stuck to the walls in grids, the coded pattern finally revealing delicate outlines – precarious, transient images which like Borges’ ‘Map in The Sand’ will move with every passing breeze.

Faithfull’s mapping is a personal investigation, which stimulates us to see the world around us from an idiosyncratic and subjective standpoint. The intimate ‘maps’ in recent work are composed of interaction, memories and personal references, which form alternative mental landscapes rather than strict topological representations. By illuminating scraps from a deluge of information too complex and numerous to be conventionally mapped, Faithfull necessarily points us to the gaps or parts which are left blank – like memories of the things we choose to forget.

Simon Faithfull currently has a solo exhibition Psychotopography’ at Artsway, Hampshire, and has recently completed a site-specific installation ‘Flow’ in Regents Canal, London. Past exhibitions include ‘Temporary Accommodation’, Whitechapel Gallery; ‘Drawing Quirks’, Parkers Box in New York, ‘Hertford Union’, Chisenhale Gallery in London, and ‘Y’, Veemvloer Gallery in Amsterdam. Faithfull is also the co-founder of e-2, a web-based project funded by the Arts Council to commission new art works for the internet.


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