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PEER was established in 1999 as an independent arts organisation to commission imaginative and ambitious arts projects by international and local artists in the heart of east London. PEER’s distinctive programme combines gallery-based activities with projects in the public realm and educational and community activities and events. As an artist and outreach-focussed organisation, it encourages risk-taking and innovation, presenting art in its dedicated gallery space on Hoxton Street and at various locations in the vicinity.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Please see website, dependent on event. Exhibitions open 12 to 6pm, Weds to Sat.

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

Public transport

Underground: Old Street
Overground: Hoxton
Buses: 67, 149, 242, 243 and 394

Additional info

Accessible entrance

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Smile Please, Simon English, 2014-2018

Smile Please, Simon English

  • 21 July — 22 September 2018 *on now

PEER presents Smile Please, a significant new body of ‘painted drawings’ by Simon English, accompanied by other recent works on paper and rarely seen sculptural assemblages created by the artist between 2014 and 2018.

English’s prolific practice is primarily drawing based. Using ink, pen, graphite and watercolour, he pairs, sequences and arranges these drawings in grids often comprising more than 100 works on a single wall. This regular and rational arrangement gives order to what is an overwhelming, changing, seemingly diaristic, kaleidoscope on the artist’s psyche. Gay culture, pop music, love, loss and recovery are key thematic threads in English’s work though spontaneity and action remain, and a giving over of himself to the blank page.

Although English’s drawings have been widely exhibited since the early 1990s, he only began making sculptural installations in 2014 and Smile Please is the first UK presentation of a new large-scale sculptural installation. PEER’s street window will be transformed into a huge vitrine displaying assemblages created from discarded materials collected on English’s many walks around London. Some works are simply re-contextualised detritus, others have a more intentional grandeur. Like the drawings, the temperaments of these works fluctuate, but exhibited collectively they exude a playfulness and pure enjoyment at the re-purposing and re-animating of the discarded.

Simon English lives and works in London. He emerged on the London Art scene in 1994 with an exhibition of paintings at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Young British Art III. He has become best known for his large and small-scale works on paper, often described as painted drawings. He has exhibited internationally at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Musee D’Art Contemporaine de Val de Marne (MAC VAL), Paris France; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, U.S.A; Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany; Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Scotland; Le Musee de Cagnes Sur Mer, France; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, and Tate Britain, London, England; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Galerie Delacroix, French Institute, Tangiers, Morocco; and Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France. English is represented by Volker Diehl, Diehl, Berlin, Germany.

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.peeruk.org/simon-english/

Getting there

Public transport

Underground: Old Street
Overground: Hoxton
Buses: 67, 149, 242, 243 and 394

PEER
97/99 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch
London
Greater London
N1 6QL
England

Website

www.peeruk.org/

E-mail

info@peeruk.org

Telephone

020 7739 8080

Fax

020 7739 8080

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