Acrylic, Image Transfer, Pencil MDF panel on wood frame, ready to hang
35 inx35 in
About the piece
In my practice I free associate images and cut-up text to evoke haiku and the allusions that help us view everyday life with fresh eyes. I draw on the philosophical idea of ‘the Absurd’; the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent meaning in life and the inability to find any. My works often follow a path of taking the wonder of small things and subverting them into something manic and fierce or poetic and evocative. The characters within the scenarios I create are challenged with weird and impossible predicaments, and the viewer is asked to join them in confronting the strangeness. Generally I let the larger works develop by gradually combining disparate images until a narrative develops in my head. With ‘Disintegration’ I drew on themes I had worked with previously in ‘Replay’: Trump, Brexit and the rise of Populism. In this case I was thinking specifically of Europe. As with all my work I prefer the viewer to draw their own conclusions from the combinations of images presented in the work. For instance, in my mind the hands in the work are reaching out to try and grab each other, but for others they may be waving goodbye. The images of decadent French aristocratic lady, the skull and the Customs sign (Chats, Chiens, Furets) all jostle for meaning across the piece with other similarly ambiguous images.
About the artist
Since beginning his career in 2007, works by Simon Kirk have proved a great investment and are increasingly sought after by art collectors, notably in America, Dubai and Continental Europe. He exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He is a resident artist with the Turner | Barnes | Gallery and his work is regularly exhibited as part of their collections for the Hong Kong, Singapore and London Affordable Art Fairs. He has had solo exhibitions in France, Denmark and the USA.