'Haberdasher' was commissioned by the Government Art Collection on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the Deputy High Commission in Chennai, India. Divided into three sections, it is a wall hanging of multi-coloured nylon layers over a sheet of silver Mylar, a type of polyester film. An abstract web of patterns was computer-generated, hand-cut, then superimposed in multiple layers. Simon Periton was inspired by a research trip to Chennai in 2004. He wanted to convey the city's rapid bustle, and its exciting mix of new and old industries. In 'Haberdasher' silhouettes of pylons, wires and cables, contrast with decorative fretwork and hanging garlands, traditional Indian decorative motifs. The work's title is also an appropriate description - it can be read as a way of describing the visual layering or 'sewing together' of materials.
Simon Periton was born in Kent, England and studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art, London (1986-1990). He has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. He has had solo shows at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in 2003 and at the Modern Institute in Glasgow in 2007. Periton’s work has been included in prominent group shows including Wunschwelten, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007, and the 2007 and 2004 Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London. Commissions include public sculpture projects for Firstsite, Colchester, Essex; Channel Four, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His solo exhibition ‘Spirits of Salt’ was held at Sadie Coles, London in 2009. He lives and works in London.
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