120 Trafalgar Street
S1 ARTSPACE is a gallery space that presents an international programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions, screenings and events. S1 Artspace provides studio spaces for over 20 contemporary artists and hosts artists' residencies.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Wed - Sat 12-6pm
Exhibition space, Studio Spaces for Hire, Contemporary Art Library, Free Wifi
Simon Bill: Irises
- 28 June 2014 — 28 March 2015 *on now
S1 Artspace has commissioned artist Simon Bill to create a major new work for the public realm, Irises, in which he transforms the seven archways of Sheffield’s iconic former Leadmill Tram Depot into a space for presenting a series of ambitious large-scale Op Art paintings.
Irises explores the physical boundaries of the neon spreading illusion and its ability to fool us. This painting commission continues Bill’s interrogation of our understanding about what we are actually seeing and his endeavour to comprehend more broadly how vision operates. This investigation has developed from a long-standing fascination with Wittgenstein’s ‘duck-rabbit’, an established motif of cognitive indeterminacy that has appeared several times in Bill’s renowned paintings and sculptural works.
Drawing on a wide range of sources including history, popular culture, music, philosophy, warfare, literature, cookery, comedy and science – Bill’s chosen subjects are succinctly brought together by the employment of oval shaped canvasses constructed from MDF board and polystyrene, a format he has continued to work with for over twenty years. This new series of paintings creates the space for Bill to further examine the workings of the visual brain through the phenomenon of neon spreading.
- Family friendly
Leadmill Tram Depot