Exhibition Simon Leahy-Clark

Sat. 21 Mar. 2020 - Sat. 11 Apr. 2020 14:00-19:00 (Close:Mon. and Thu.) Suspended from 8 Apr.
Reopen Sat. 11 Jul. 2020 - Sat. 25 Jul. 2020 14:00-19:00 (Close:Mon. and Thu.)

  • Opening reception: Sat. 21 Mar. 17:00~(500JPY with one drink )
  • Online meeting with Simon: Sat.  25 Jul. JST 16:00- (500JPY)
    Interpreter: TUKAMOTO Yasuko(artist) 

An Archeology
Simon Leahy-Clark presents a two-stage exhibition, continuing his interest in the themes of materiality, language, marks and traces, process and image.
 “…IS FOR…”, 2017-18 was first shown at Sluice Projects, an artist-run initiative in London. The composite work is an archaeology of letters where the symbols of language are presented as abandoned monuments in unspecified landscapes. Collaged from black and white newspaper photos, the works appear as archaic prints, Piranesian ruins of a bygone era, a possible record of a “Grand Tour” of a past, or future, civilisation. The meaning, however, of these alphabetic, architectural relics is not fixed – they remain as mysterious as Stonehenge or the monoliths on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968). In their dystopian view they also allude to the final scene in ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968). The letters incorporate scenes in which can be found small traces of activity, a touch of human presence in contemplation of landscapes assembled from the remnants of everyday life.
Again using found forms from black and white newspaper images, the “Pages” series presents a number of seemingly blank book pages set on a black background. Each page conforms to a standard British paperback size, but each is a separate, unique page, possibly part of a chronological narrative. They purport to be found or recovered pages; torn, stained or crumpled leaves of a book or story, the content illegible or erased. Although they appear as abstracted, white spaces, the empty image along with the black background is constructed from random, found pictures so are therefore full of content. The varying levels of scale, texture and focus of these found images allows the works to hover between flatness and depth, foreground, background, content and emptiness.


Simon Leahy-Clark (b. 1973, Cardiff) studied Fine Art at Middlesex University (1996-1999). Selected exhibitions include Picture Palace, Transition Gallery, London (2020), Speed Of Thought, Newington Gallery, London (2019), Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2019, 2013, 2007), Royal West Academy 167th Open, Bristol (2019), Indoor Voices, Greystone Industries, Wickham Market (2019), Telling Tales, Collyer Bristow Gallery (2016), Semiotic Guerilla Warfare Part II, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax, (2016); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2011, 2008); RA Summer Exhibition (2014, 2011); Hundreds and Thousands, Luborimov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London (2015); ArtWorks Open, Barbican Art Trust (2014, 2013, 2011, 2010); The Distance Between, ZAP, London (2014); NeoArt Prize, Bolton (2013); Photo/Print Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery (2013); Crash, Charlie Dutton Gallery (2010); So What's Different Today, Globe Gallery, Newcastle (2010); 40 Artists 40 Drawing, The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire (2009); Re:Drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, (2008); 13th Yoshihara Memorial Exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Arts Centre, winner Gutai Group Prize (2005), Aftershock, 1a Space, Hong Kong (2004); Faith, Transition Gallery, London (2004); Oriel Mostyn Open, (2002). Art fairs include Art Athina, Athens, with Luborimov / Angus-Hughes, (2016); The London Art Fair (2016, 2015); Sluice, London (2015); Art Copenhagen (2015); Cologne Liste (2015) Exchange Rates, New York (2014), The Manchester Contemporary (2014), all with PAPER Gallery. His first solo exhibition, From the Lagado Academy, was held at, CAS Gallery, Osaka, (2005), and was supported by the British Council. Other solo shows include ‘…Is For…’ at Sluice Projects, London (2018), ‘Scoring (For) Cutting (Away) Drawing (Out) at Wilderness Projects (2018), Library, Westminster Reference Library (2012); Works are held in public, private and corporate collections.  He lives and works in London.