Persistence Of Vision - Part .02 - Simon Woolham

1 Jul 2008 – 28 Jul 2008

Phoenix Arts Centre

Leicester, United Kingdom


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Woolham's works centre around the disturbance of a scene. He works with drawing, ephemeral paper interventions (sculpture/ installation), and works on video. Each involve the creation of an idyllic or romantic scene but with, especially evident in his video works, a discordant harmony. This discord interrupts the scene; it creates a tear in the image allowing a darker side to enter. Like General Woundwort (authoritarian leader of the warren Efrafa in Watership Down) appearing in 'In The Night Garden' (CBeebies), and Woolham's works do represent the nostalgia and loss of innocence of childhood. We naturally idolise childhood as a time of fun, freedom to explore and innocence, Woolham reminds us that then, as now, things are more than that, there is a darker less fluffy side to an exploration of life, and it is this addition to the idyll that makes life richer and more interesting.

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