Simon Linington / UK
“Every child on the Isle of White filled a glass tube or bottle with coloured sand from the cliffs at Alum Bay. It is an early memory that we all share, and one of the first school trips I can remember.
These souvenirs were introduced at about the same time that people began making postcards, illustrations of places on the island, using the same coloured sand. The Victorians weren´t the first to make the sand paintings, the Tibetans had been doing it for thousands of years, but no one had kept and sold them before. My early encounters with these objects, made with the material of the place for which they illustrated, made a lasting impression. Ever since, the two things, material and place have been inseparable. The fact that my grandfather was a photographer whose images were printed on many postcards sold in local giftshops, had very little to do with the idea at that time, but as the years have passed I think now it was inevitable that I should have an instinct to express and document my relationship with my environment through images and later objects. This is something I have always tried to do, whether it be at my studio in London, or in South Africa, Sao Paulo, Morocco and Spain (Joya: AiR), all countries I have visited for residencies and exhibitions”.
Simon Linington (from his recent installation La La Land at William Benington Gallery, London)
Simon Linington is in residence at Joya: AiR for the third time in August 2019. His recent exhibition La La Land was at the William Benington Gallery, London williambeningtongallery.co.uk
Simon is currently in residence in Mexico City at Studio Block M74 https://www.ondamx.art/listing/studio-block-m74/
You can read more on Simon Linington’s work in the Wall Street Journal International here https://wsimag.com/art/52243-la-la-land
Simon Linington is a British Artist living and working in Mexico City. He has a BA(Hons) in Sculpture from Chelsea University of the Arts, London. He was awarded the 2010 Emerging Artists Bursary Award by the Royal Society of Sculptors, and has exhibited internationally.
Solo exhibitions include ‘La La Land’, WilliamBenington Gallery (2019), ‘In from the light’, Castor (2018), ‘Everything is medicine’, Lily Brooke (2017), ‘Everything can be broken’, Division of Labour (2017), ‘Now Showing...’, Manchester Contemporary (2015), ‘Out of the Dark’, Hayward Gallery (2015), ‘Dirty Matters’, Galleria Emma Thomas, São Paulo (2015).
Notable group exhibitions include ‘Prevent This Tragedy’, DATEAGLE ART at Post_Institute (2018), Peckham International Art Fair with MOCA London (2017), Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, WilliamBenington Projects (2017), Art Rotterdam with Division of Labour (2017), The London Art Fair with IMT Gallery (2017), ‘Cascading Relevant Information’, Open Eye Gallery (2015), Arco Madrid with Galleria Emma Thomas (2015).
Simon has been a resident artist at Joya: AiR, Spain (2017-18), CV16, Morocco (2016), Pivo, Brazil (2015).
Simons first solo publication ‘La La Land’ was published by WilliamBenington Gallery this year and was released on the occasion of his first play, ‘Simon Says’.
Simon will be exhibiting in Mexico City and Lisbon in 2019.