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Diane Simpson
updated: 03/06/2014
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Drawing for Collar (pagoda)
Collar (pagoda)
Drawing for Shawl
Shawl
Drawing for Tunic (folded)
Study for Tunic (folded)
Tunic (folded)
Drawing for Collar/Bib (sections)
Collar/Bib (sections)
Drawing for Yoke
Yoke
Drawing for collar (extended)
Collar (extended)
Drawing for Collar (on altered table)
Collar (on altered table)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  craft, abstract, architecture, diagrammatic, domestic, feminist, figurative, geometric, historical, process
 
 
Drawing for Collar (pagoda) by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Collar (pagoda)
pencil and colored pencil on vellum graph paper
2013
38 " x  18 " 
Collar (pagoda) by Diane Simpson
Collar (pagoda)
painted aluminum, linoleum, rivets
2013
56" x  30"  x 16.5" 
Drawing for Shawl by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Shawl
Pencil on vellum graph paper
2013
19" x  16" 
Shawl by Diane Simpson
Shawl
stainless steel stool base, wood dowels, copper fittings, embossed aluminum, acrylic and enamel paint
2013
58.5" x  14.5"  x 17" 
Drawing for Tunic (folded) by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Tunic (folded)
graphite on vellum graph paper
2012
18 " x  22 " 
Study for Tunic (folded) by Diane Simpson
Study for Tunic (folded)
MDF, graphite, colored pencil, ink, archival cardboard, enamel
2012
40" x  38"  x 3" 
Tunic (folded) by Diane Simpson
Tunic (folded)
Gatorfoam board, spun bond polyester, crayon
2012
27" x  58"  x 22" 
Drawing for Collar/Bib (sections) by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Collar/Bib (sections)
graphite on vellum graph paper
2012
22.5 " x  18 " 
Collar/Bib (sections) by Diane Simpson
Collar/Bib (sections)
LDF, enamel, linen canvas, crayon, colored pencil
2012
25" x  32"  x 9" 
Drawing for Yoke by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Yoke
graphite on vellum graph paper
2012
23 " x  12.5 " 
Yoke by Diane Simpson
Yoke
MDF, enamel, oil stain, crayon, aluminum
2012
64" x  20"  x 16" 
Drawing for collar (extended) by Diane Simpson
Drawing for collar (extended)
graphite and colored pencil on vellum graph paper
2011
22.5" x  18" 
Collar (extended) by Diane Simpson
Collar (extended)
LDF, aluminum, enamel, colored pencil
2011
85" x  50"  x 14" 
Drawing for Collar (on altered table) by Diane Simpson
Drawing for Collar (on altered table)
graphite on two sheets of vellum graph paper with collage
2011
21.5 " x  24 " 
Collar (on altered table) by Diane Simpson
Collar (on altered table)
wood table, MDF, enamel
2011
34 " x  25 "  x 12 " 

Artist Statement

  I feel that my preliminary drawings for sculpture are the essential and most creative phase of my working process. Since my formal art training was in painting, drawing and printmaking, the transformation and revision of forms comes naturally for me using pencil and paper. During this drawing phase, an extension of my thinking process, I am fequently unconscious of, and consequently unencumbered by thoughts of "finished" drawing. The drawings become explicit plans for eventual construction; in some cases they include actual templates that guide the shape and formation of individual sections of the sculpture.

The initial form, developed through extensively revised drawings, becomes a distilled interpretation of the original source: a hybrid form subliminally informed by many other sources that interest me. For example, a pagoda roof shape may merge with a pinafore style apron, thereby resulting in a variety of readings. I am interested in a diverse range of objects; most often they come from the worlds of applied arts (clothing structures, furniture, utilitarian objects and vernacular architecture). Clothing has remained an important source over the years (the structure and shape of Japanese armor, 16th century undergarments, historic or contemporary sleeves and headgear, aprons and other protective body coverings). For my current work, I have researched neck ware (bibs, capes and collars). I'm interested in how these forms reveal the influence of the design and architecture of various cultures and periods in history. My goal for both the drawing and finished sculpture is to retain the essence of the quality (form, shape, structure, pattern) that initially interested me when first looking at a particular source.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION:

1971-BA, 1978-MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2013     Corbett vs. Dempsey , Chicago (spring)

2010     Chicago Cultural Center, (retrospective – catalog)

2007    Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin  

2006    Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis

2005    I space , Chicago gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana

1995    Chicago Cultural Center

1992    Dart Gallery, Chicago

1983    Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago

1980    Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2011      Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Seeing is a Kind  of Thinking

2008      Universities:  Tennessee, William Patterson, Lehigh, Bradley, West Virginia, Bucknell, Concurrent  (catalog)     

2008     White Columns, New York, Begin Again Right Back Here, B.Wurtz, guest curator                  

2004      Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Soft Edge             

2001      Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Uncommon Threads:Contemporary Artists and Clothing  (catalog)  

1996      Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Art in Chicago: 1945-95  (catalog)                                                                            

1985      Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Alternative Spaces: A History in Chicago,  (catalog)

1979      Art Institute of Chicago, 100 Artists, 100 Years, Katharine Kuh, guest curator (catalog)

              Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, New Dimensions:Volume and Space   (brochure)

 AWARDS:

 2010         Illinois Arts Council  Artists Project Grant

 2007, 2001, 1997, 1995, 1983   Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Visual Arts  

 1993/94   Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship     

 1980        Art Institute of Chicago, Walter M. Campana Prize, Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition

 1978        Art Institute of Chicago, E. Garrison Prize, Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Art Institute of Chicago

DePaul University, Chicago

Illinois State Museum, Springfield  

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago       

Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

James Thompson Center, Chicago, The Illinois Collection

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania