For over a decade now, British artist DJ Simpson has been developing a unique and coherent corpus of work in which the pictorial process becomes the main objective of his research: through the technique known as “routing” he eliminates layers of material he has previously selected and painstakingly superimposed to reveal aluminium, plywood and Plexiglas. In short, while in conventional painting the original surface is the canvas to which different materials are applied, Simpson takes an industrial surface as his starting point, and from this he begins to remove material.
In his most recent projects he has forsaken the use of readymade surfaces and has become instead increasingly involved in the manufacture of his supports. As a result he obtained his first significant public commission: a surprisingly perforated anodized aluminium surface for London's Olympic Park produced in close collaboration with the manufacturers of architectural cladding.
This marked the start of a new phase in the development of his artistic precepts, one that has enabled him to reflect on the qualities and behaviour of materials and finally engage in dialogue with modern art. Nonetheless, despite the fact that his recent work appears to be connected with previous experiments in the Process Art of the sixties and seventies (Lynda Benglis's works with latex or Richard Serra's with lead), Simpson regards the process a way of linking art to technology rather than a way of showing the artifice of art. In this sense process in inherent to technology and, consequently, to history.
Work shop, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 55 x 45 cm [Ref# 40833]
Interior Scene, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 55 x 45 cm [Ref# 40832]
Pink Front, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 300 x 150 x 3,5 cm [Ref# 40827]
Reverse Exercise (White), 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 280 x 150 x 3,5 cm [Ref# 40825]
Alies field #1, 2009. Lápiz sobre papel. 30 x 30 cm [Ref# 40212]
Falled Landscape, 2012. Termolaminado sobre DM. 121 x 121 x 2 cm [Ref# 40828]
[caption id="attachment_931" align="alignnone" width="886"] Falled Landscape, 2012. Termolaminado sobre DM. 121 x 121 x 2 cm [Ref# 40831]
Circuit Signal, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 55 x 45 cm [Ref# 40835]
Soft Signal, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 55 x 45 cm [Ref# 40834]
Voluntary Arrangement, 2012. Aluminio termolacado. 280 x 150 x 3,5 cm [Ref# 40824]
Foto: Dominick Tyler © DJ Simpson