Diane Simpson

Sept. 9, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016

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Diane Simpson
Peplum V
2016
LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
67 x 36 x 12 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum V (detail)
2016
LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
67 x 36 x 12 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum V
2016
LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
67 x 36 x 12 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum V
2016
LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
67 x 36 x 12 inches

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Diane Simpson

Peplum III
2014
MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
42 x 19 x 11 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum III
2014
MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
42 x 19 x 11 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum III (detail)
2014
MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
42 x 19 x 11 inches

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Diane Simpson

Drawing for Peplum IV + Pattern
2015
graphite on two sheets of vellum graph paper
25 x 22 inches

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Diane Simpson
Peplum IV
2015
aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
48 x 29 x 18 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum IV (detail)
2015
aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
48 x 29 x 18 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum IV
2015
aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
48 x 29 x 18 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VII (detail)
2016
LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
50 x 32 x 22 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VII (detail)
2016
LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
50 x 32 x 22 inches

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Diane Simpson
Peplum I
2014
fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum I
2014
fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum I
2014
fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

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Diane Simpson

Peplum II
2014
high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
56 x 18 x 18 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum II (detail)
2014
high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
56 x 18 x 18 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum II
2014
high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
56 x 18 x 18 inches

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Diane Simpson

Drawing for Peplum II
2015
graphite and colored pencil on graph paper
18 x 20 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VII
2016
LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
50 x 32 x 22 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VII
2016
LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
50 x 32 x 22 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VII
2016
LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
50 x 32 x 22 inches

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Diane Simpson
Peplum VI
2016
LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
63 x 57 x 21 inches

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Diane Simpson

Drawing for Peplum VI
2016
graphite on two sheets of vellum graph paper
32 x 24 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VI (detail)
2016
LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
63 x 57 x 21 inches

Diane Simpson

Peplum VI (detail)
2016
LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
63 x 57 x 21 inches

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Press Release

Opening reception: Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm

Corbett vs. Dempsey is excited to kick off the Fall season, 2016, with Diane Simpson , an exhibition of new work by the artist of the same name.  This is her second solo show at the gallery.

Continuing a line of inquiry that she’s been diligently and exhaustively following since the 1970s, Simpson constructs artworks that examine relationships between clothing and architecture, between design and affect, and between drawing and sculpture.  In seven newly unveiled works – six floor-standing and one wall-hanging – she delves primarily into one form: the peplum.  As Benjamin Chaffee explains in his catalog essay:  “The etymology of the word relates to the Greek word, ‘peplos,’ a long tunic-like garment worn by women in ancient Greece…Today a peplum is a short overskirt designed to be worn over another garment adding a decorative element, a literal flair.”  These are human-scale vertical constructions, most of them featuring disparate materials, many industrial in nature, including aluminum, galvanized steel, LDF and MDF (light and medium density fiberboard), linoleum, spunbond polyester, and foamboard, sometimes accenting or patinating them with crayon, enamel, acrylic, or marker.  Simpson is always acutely aware of angles, plying complexes of nested shapes as she superimposes one upon another, forcing geometry to yield a sort of grace.  The resulting works call into play the constructed quality of human presentation, recalling Hugo Ball’s dada costumes, constructivist painting, and modernist design, but looking like nothing but Diane Simpson.  In the last five years, Simpson has been steadily rising in international visibility, with a stunning survey at the ICA, Boston (2015-16) and a beautiful exhibition at the MCA, Chicago (2016), as well as solo shows in London (Herald St.) and New York (JTT), and group shows in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Glasgow, Portland (OR), and Washington DC.  In addition to her new sculptures, Simpson will show several related drawings.  The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color 56-page catalog with essays by Chaffee and Tessa Paneth-Pollak.


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