Sunday, April 25, 2010

Simon Hitchens

Simon Hitchens was born in 1967 and studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design and Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design until 1990. Hitchens sculptures are about presence and absence.He works mainly with stone but sometimes combines it with clear resin. The quality of these two being mixed together help him with the optical effects found in his use of crystal-clear medium. In his abstract stone sculptures he carves, shapes, and polishes each piece individually by hand. “Hitchens's clear cast resin sculptures are expressions of the qualities of the material. These symmetrical capsules or cylinders... suggest hermetically sealed capsules of elixir, purified air or water, held in suspension. They appear to be otherworldly, having a beauty and tranquility”
Coastline, 2006
Granite, resin, metal halide
400 x 110 x 77cm

From dawn until dusk, 2008
Granite slab
550 cm tall

The basis of silence, 2003
Glass, paint
64x 40 x 40 cm

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