Approved: 16.08.2006

Simon Withers

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The End of Art / 27.11.2015

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    The End of Art / 27.11.2015

    …And when the decision came it was one of reason and calmness…the task was to use my thirty plus years of experience and to exercise my thought processes wisely, the main object was to keep myself safe during the process. I had wondered and I had been asked to write down what I am defining by stating the following words (and the deeds that accompanied them), ‘I am no longer making Art, I am for all intent and purpose no longer an Artist’. And when I say those words or hear myself saying them…they are so simple, straightforward…they have grace and contentment.

    I am still not sure if I will indeed write about this experience in any detail. Perhaps that is part of the condition that I am removing myself from.

    I had contemplated on many occasions weather or not I had evolved and had by perchance reached an end game (far sooner than I had anticipated). Can any individual change sufficiently to maintain further purpose? I am thinking here only within the context of Art and Art production. Perhaps there is no better time to be making and producing art…was I/am I just another form of imitation and therefore a symptom of the condition? So perhaps the only way forward is to stop making the Art…and so to return to the heading, ‘The End of Art’…by no longer making Art is for me, the end of Art. One further possibility is that my action may prove to be my most liberating and creative action. As Arthur Danto writes on this very subject ‘………………………................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................'                              

     

    As of January 2016 I will terminate my subscription to Axis, I think I have been apart of Axis for 15 years...for those who have found me via Axis...I thank you. 

     

     

     

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2014 - Ghost. Café table-top commissions, Nottingham Castle & Art gallery

    2013 - The Rashleigh Jackson Collection, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

    2011 - contrivances, The Tarpey Gallery, Derbyshire

    2011 - wildflowers, Nottingham Studios, Exchange Building Nottingham

    2008 - metahang: Solo Exhibition, Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery, Nottingham

    2001 - Wrexham Arts Centre, paintings

    2000 - Nottingham Castle and Museum, paintings

    2000 - Sutton on Sea, beach hut exhibition Group exhibitions

    2012 - Artefacts of Failure, Quad, Derby

    2010 - Northern Stars, A Foundation, Liverpool 2009 - Art of Ideas II. Curated by Stephen Snoddy.  Baskerville House, Birmingham

    2007 - Out of Place, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    2007 - Pricked:Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Art & Design, New York

    2007 - Terra Incognita, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    2006 - yes I said yes I will yes, 1851 Gallery, Nottingham

    2005 - (dis)comfort, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    2004 - A Breath of Fresh Air, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge

    2004 - merejelly@onthewall, London Olympia, London 2002 - Linking Rhythms, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    2001 - Gotenburg City Library Gallery, Sweden

    2001 - Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, USA

    2001 - YOTA Symposium Exhibition, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    2000 - Box project, Museum of Installation, London and Nottingham

    1999 - Circa Ng 99, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

    1999 - Mostyn 10, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, North Wales

    Live/Performance

    2013 - Nu Urban gardeners, Transported, Lincolnshire

    2012 - Nu-Urban Gardeners, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Contemporary

    2011 - Nu-Urban Gardeners, Embrace the Place, Tate Britain. For Home Live Art Ltd, Tate Britain, London 

    2011 - Nu-Urban Gardeners, Tattershall Castle. National Trust. For Home Live Art Ltd, Lincolnshire

    2011 - Speaking in Tongues, Beacon Bi-monthlies 4, Lincolnshire 

    2010 - Nu-Urban Gardeners, City of London Festival, Hampstead Heath & New Street Square events, London 2010 - Nu-Urban Gardeners, Watch This Space Festival, National Theatre, Southbank Center, London

    2009 - The Alternative Village Fete , National Theatre (home live art), Southbank, London

    2008 - Cyril Seaton’s Cycle Roots. Collaborative live art performance, Drill Hall , Lincoln 2007 - Bloc Assembly, Bloc Projects, Sheffield Intervention

    2008 - metahang, Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery, Nottingham

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2013 - artangel.org.uk open /the open top 100, artangel, London