Theo Simpson

Lives & works: UK

Theo Simpson (born in Doncaster, 1986) is a UK-based photographer whose collective works reflect on mythical themes relating to landscape and industrial heritage, investigating the instability of the post-industrial landscape and its cultural and physical borders, through the examination of materials, ruins, objects and experiences encountered and created.

Simpson’s practice confronts the diverse language of visual material from a variety of sources and points in time. The inherent power of this material to mould history, distort memories, and to create and manipulate meaning is explored, acting as a starting point for new thinking and possibilities.

The visual syntax of source material informs the method in which his photographic and structural works are re-imagined and presented within the complex and scarred topography of the post-industrial stage. Simpson uses structures to demonstrate the physical properties of the metals they are shaped from and the processes implicit in their manufacture and functionality. The structural form invites a holistic re-examination and re-presentation of their repetitive surfaces, materiality, and the landscapes they speculate upon, adopting an alternative language of tectonics and architecture; man’s inclination to build and to destroy.

Theo Simpson’s meticulously presented collection of visual material, objects, symbols and structural works are brought together in unlikely combinations, forming a transitory fixing where a potential dialogue can begin. Encouraging the formulation of new theories and the establishment of new relationships.

A selection of Simpson’s solo and group shows include the land of the day before at Webber Gallery, London UK (2017); GLUMBA SKZX at Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, Italy (2015); Of the Parts, Of the Hole, RBA Gallery, London (2015) and Six Works at Galerie 52, Essen Germany (2014). He has works in the Tate Collection, London. V&A, London and Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Theo Simpson lives and works in the North of England and is an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

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