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Artist's Opening Reception: Simon Roberts at Klompching Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013

Exhibition Dates: November 8 - December 21, 2013

Opening with the Artist:
Thursday, November 7 
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Photographed over the course of the past three years, Pierdom is a comprehensive and stunning survey of Britain's 19th Century pleasure piers. With Pierdom, Roberts has turned his camera to the specific architectural remnants that bear witness to leisure of the past. Built along the coastline of Britain, these piers were originally constructed as landing docks for pleasure steamers, but progressively catered to the needs of seaside day trippers, who were escaping the grime and smog of the cities. In their heyday, the 'pleasure piers' incorporated cafes, casinos, theaters and even tramways. The large-scale color photographs are often made from elevated positions—a trademark of Roberts' oeuvre—and with the use of large format sheet film. The photographer has meticulously utilized formal devices associated with the picturesque—asymmetry, perspective and juxtapositio —resulting in an outstanding body of work that celebrates color, form and detail. From minimalist photographs such as Weston-Super-Mare Grand and Clevedon B, that demonstrate a quiet palette, photographs that pop with color such as Blackpool South, Teignmouth and Paignton, to those such as Saltburn-on-Sea, that provide an important social and historical context, the Pierdom series is a truly accomplished body of work that speaks to a wide audience.

This is a must-see exhibition, and is accompanied by the publication 
Pierdom (Dewi Lewis, 2013). 

Simon Roberts (b.1974), lives and works in Brighton, UK. He was 
awarded a BA Hons Degree in Human Geography (1996), which has 
informed much of his photographic practice. He has won numerous 
awards for his work, which explores important social, economic and 
political issues. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including 
solo exhibitions at the National Media Museum (UK), Museum of 
Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Museum of Contemporary 
Art, Shanghai. His first two significant bodies of work, Motherland and 
We English, were received to critical acclaim, published as monographs 
by Chris Boot Ltd. and shown as solo exhibitions at the Klompching 
Gallery in 2007 and 2009 respectively. His work is represented in major 
public and private collections, including the Deutsche Börse Art 
Collection, George Eastman House, Pallant House and Wilson Centre 
for Photography.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Klompching Gallery

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