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Simon Periton: Barbiturate II

Simon Periton: Barbiturate II

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Edition of 35

As part of The Multiple Store’s First Collection in 1998, Simon Periton produced a length of barbed wire hand-crafted in opaque, coloured glass, the sharp barbs rendered useless through their fragile beauty.

For his new edition in 2010, Simon has produced an edition in clear, borosilicate (reinforced) glass.

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About the Edition

As part of The Multiple Store’s First Collection in 1998, Simon Periton produced a length of barbed wire hand-crafted in opaque, coloured glass, the sharp barbs rendered useless through their fragile beauty.

Somewhere along the way I became enchanted by the ephemerality and useless qualities of art works. I began making delicate decorative doilies – something essentially throwaway, possibly beautiful, difficult to keep. Always thin like a veil, a screen, a barrier. I had in my head an idea for a beautiful sculpture – a length of barbed wire made out of fine bone china or porcelain. A symbol of our obsession with property and ownership handcrafted in a traditional material. It would be a monument to Englishness. At first I thought this could be cast, fired and decorated afterwards. But somehow all this seemed a bit frivolous. It might appear nostalgic or romantic. Glass comes as a rod that can be heated, twisted and wound like wire. Here was an immediacy I liked. Glass is the epitome of fragility.

Barbed wire is practical, utilitarian. It is designed for use rather than beauty. Made in glass its practical use is denied. It becomes house trained. The hazards associated with its use turn upon its owner who must now take care of it. Handle with care – the fragile object.

For his new edition in 2010, Simon has produced an edition of 35 in clear, borosilicate (reinforced) glass.

Simon Periton’s  recent solo exhibitions include Spirits of Salt Sadie Coles HQ, London (2009); A Rabble of Butterflies, Galerist, Istanbul (2008),  and The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2007).

Commissions include public sculpture projects for firstsite, Colchester, Essex, Channel Four, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A monograph of his work was published in 2008 by Koenig Books Ltd and Sadie Coles HQ.

Additional Information

Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 61 x 3 x 3 cm
Edition Size

35

Materials

Glass

Date

2010

Simon Periton has had recent solo exhibitions at The New Arts Centre, Salisbury (2015), The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); ‘The Asbo Mystery Play and other Public Works’ (with Alan Cane, Sadie Coles, London 2011), ‘‘Spirits of Salt’ Sadie Coles, London (2009).

Recent commissions include: ‘Bodypopper’, Pancras Square Leisure Centre, London; Channel 4; Victoria and Albert Museum; Waddesdon Manor, Hertfordshire; ‘Bombyx Mori’, First Site, Colchester.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see http://www.sadiecoles.com/artists/periton