This August, ‘Dancing on my Own’ will be Stuart Semple‘s first London show in over five years, bringing together paintings, sculptures, digital pieces and moving image work spanning 20 years of his career.
While the exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space takes in some of his better-known works, including Happy Cloud, the ‘Kapoor Art War’, Pounding Outside Poundland and All About the Cheddar, it also explores his lesser-known paintings, sculptures, Internet works, film pieces and early drawings – many of which have never been seen before.
Stuart is well-known for making thematic collections of works around distinct topics, which have been the basis for 15 solo exhibitions around the world. But this show will be the first time that central works from a range of different projects have been assembled in a single space. Through this, we’ll get a unique opportunity to explore the wider underlying and unifying philosophies across seemingly disparate elements within the artist’s wider body of work.
Says curator Lee Cavaliere, “Stuart Semple is a singular and diverse talent, whose work as an artist has driven his activism. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the common threads in his broad and varied work, over the past two decades.”
Adds Stuart: “It’s hard to live in a world like this and not want to reflect it, then do something about it. I know in my heart that artists are useful, and I hope some of the things I’ve done have helped somehow somewhere. It’s lovely to see the art world opening up and becoming more inclusive and accessible, but sadly there’s a hell of a long way to go when it comes to class.”
Dancing on my Own launches on 9 August at Bermondsey Project Space in London and runs until 8 September 2019. Find out more: www.project-space.london.
Happy Cloud, Milan 2009 © Stuart Semple
All about the Cheddar, Powder coated steel, Black 3.0 paint, rope, axe, spray paint, 2019 © Stuart Semple
A POUNDING OUTSIDE POUNDLAND (or how my nose got its wonk), acrylic & charcoal on canvas, 240x170x7cm, 2010 © Stuart Semple
I Should be Crying but I Just Can’t Let It Show, Denver, 2018 © Stuart Semple
MY LONELINESS IS KILLING ME, Digital print, acrylic, marker, spraypaint, vinyl, graphite & india ink on cold press watercolour paper, 150x120cm, 2015 © Stuart Semple