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Simon Liddiment frequently takes some form of ‘given’ as a starting point for his work. The profile of his own head, a postcard, the Union Jack, and a toilet roll have all provided recent springboards. His working process overlays these universal knowns with diverse production methods to create new objects that explore our relationships with such identities. These interactions are further investigated through his manipulation of language, words and semiotics, and their use in explaining the world.
Liddiment’s response to Kaavous-Bhoyroo’s invitation has been to approach the commissioning of an editioned multiple as akin to the production of a licensed souvenir. In explicitly fulfilling this merchandising expectation we are presented with the most archetypal and ubiquitous of formats, the tea towel.
The tea towel bears an example of typographic play reminiscent in attitude to some of his earlier text/language based pieces – ‘NEO’ 2008 and ‘Fallow’ 2005 – an attitude that humorously fulfils the ‘instructional’ within existing formats. Read in the manner of a simple rebus, “form over content”, is a utilitarian phrase that both completes the product’s logic, describing its construction from within, while functioning as the forced reconciliation of a clichéd hierarchy.
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Simon Liddiment graduated from Goldsmiths’ College in 1985 and his work was recently included in The Sculpture Show V22 presents, London, SALE The Royal Standard, Liverpool, and Animated at Wysing Arts, Cambridge. In 2010 he will be participating in EAST goes East, an EASTinternational project with exhibitions at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Trafó Gallery, Budapest. In 2005 he had a solo exhibition at OUTPOST, Norwich.