Friday 8 February 2019

Simon Brewster - Love Tokens and Bad Pennies

Simon Brewster-Love Token or Bad Penny?

Does love endure forever? Does a bad penny always turn up? During this Valentine month the artists and writers from CollectConnect explore this flip-sided theme with an exhibition of 32 miniature sculptures. These objects are placed in public places (#unsettledgallery), helping us to remember those who we hold dear - or cast off those who we would rather forget. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these tokens/pennies on this website. A writer will also use the art as inspiration to create something new and fresh.

Art - Simon Brewster / Words -  Dean Reddick

Initially we thought they were little worms or maggots sticking up out of the penny. 
Thoughts of corruption and putrefaction swarmed our eager minds.
Then we noticed they were legs, marching round and round so that the penny slowly span on the spot, one revolution each century, or thereabouts.
The heads were on the flip side and lived upside-down their whole lives, unaware of the ceaseless marching of their lower bodies. 

We looked down at our legs which seemed quite still as the world span round. 

Simon Brewster

Simon's penny can be found on a beautiful cube of oak, part of the mini holland scheme in Walthamstow. The oak cube serves as a bench, an impromptu table and plinth and as part of controversial road calming measures aimed at increasing cycle use and deterring car use. 

Simon's art work on the oak block
 at the #unsettledgallery Walthamstow

Simon Brewster
Since completing an Arts residency at Canary Wharf last year, Simon’s Fine Art practice has begun to make more overt references to political and environmental issues.
The series of works made over the past year or two are small and intimate, yet aspire to evoke dark themes such as slavery, corporate capitalism and systems of power and control. 
Simon is interested in notions of Art as a commodity. He celebrates qualities such as impermanence and fragility and often uses found, appropriated or degraded raw materials.

Dean Reddick is an artist, an art therapist, occasional lecturer and editor on the Art Therapy Journal ATOL. He has a small studio space at his home in Walthamstow where he works on sculptures and drawings often based on his fascination with birds and trees. 
Don't forget to submit to our next exhibition. The Art of Caring is accepting submission until the 7th April 2019. More HERE.

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