Simon Faithfull show of 850 travel sketches find temporary home in Leicester's Phoenix Square

By Mark Sheerin | 10 April 2012
Pixelated black and white drawing of the view from a ferry deck
View in transit from Simon Faithfull's Limbo project© Simon Faithfull
Exhibition: Simon Faithfull: An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity, Phoenix Square, Leicester, until May 2

It can seem like Simon Faithfull never stands still. The wandering artist divides his time between London and Berlin and has been as far afield as Antarctica and Nova Scotia.

Evidence of this can be found in his Limbo project, in which he shares worldwide sketches with the world wide web. But until May 2, Faithfull is no longer in limbo. Instead his work, at least, can be found in Leicester.

Eight hundred and fifty sketches are to go on display at Phoenix Square, with 800 more sent in the post to locals chosen at random. One hopes these digital postcards are well received, now that Leicester is the best place to see his iPhone and Palm Pilot creations.

This new media project is the first developed since Phoenix Square, home to DMU Cube Gallery, was recognised as a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England.

“Our aim over the coming years it to bring exciting new art to Leicester which takes advantage of digital technologies,” says Phoenix digital arts programmer Chris Tyrer.

“Simon’s [digital] drawings are very restricted in their detail, but this economy results in a wonderful simplicity and clarity of communication,” he adds.

And it sounds as if Faithfull’s pictorial diary has taken root in Leicester. His minimal sketches can also be seen in the Phoenix cafe bar, on the BBC Big Screen and in the Interact Gallery on Humberstone Gate.

  • Open 9am-11pm Monday-Friday (10am-11pm Saturday-Sunday). Admission free.

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