Diane Simpson

Feb. 8, 2013 - March 23, 2013

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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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Installation view

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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

Corbett vs. Dempsey is very pleased to present its first solo exhibition of new sculpture and drawings by Diane Simpson. Since her earliest shows at Artemisia and the Phyllis Kind Gallery in the late 1970s, Simpson has been a major force in Chicago sculpture.  Indeed, Simpson straddles several generations in Chicago art; she attended the School of the Art Institute in the mid 1950s, received her MFA there in 1971, where she was friends with Imagist artists including Christina Ramberg and Ray Yoshida, and she has maintained deep connections with the abstract conceptual artists of the 1980s, including Richard Rezac and Julia Fish.

Exploring a liminal zone between abstraction and figuration, her sculpture starts with intensive studies in fashion, extracting the human (left as an insinuation) and focusing on the architecture of the attire, its inherent tensions and relaxations, out of which Simpson extrapolates entirely original forms.  A collar, a cuff, a hem – each part of a piece of clothing is fodder for formal play, deconstruction and reconstruction.  An intense and detail-fixated craftswoman, firmly in the same Windy City tradition as H.C. Westermann, she has worked in diverse materials, including cardboard, MDF, wood, fabric, paper, aluminum, and vintage linoleum, all with a meticulous finish and an aggressive sense of design.

Early in her career, Simpson introduced a way of making 3-D work that translated from drawings, concentrating on the 45-degree angles that helped define a certain kind of perspective.  She continues this investigation with an important new piece, based on the same set of calculations, as well as unveiling new freestanding, wall hanging, and shelf-based works. Along with these new sculptures, Corbett vs. Dempsey presents several new drawings, executed on graph paper, which stand both as studies for the sculptures and fully-realized, independent works on paper.

Simpson was the subject of a retrospective, Sculpture + Drawings, 1978-2009 , at the Chicago Cultural Center (2009). A full-color, 48-page catalog

, with essays by John Corbett and Jason Foumberg, accompanies the exhibition.