Five decades of work by the Chicago-based sculptor, most of which have never previously been shown in the UK.
There is a carefully considered balance in the work of American artist Diane Simpson, where fluidity meets rigidity, and minimal flat forms create a complex sense of depth. Meticulously handcrafted, Simpson’s sculptures are constructed from components of fibreboard, plywood and other everyday materials that seamlessly interlock.
Sculptures begin as drawings that visualise details from the history of clothing and designand are rotated at 45-degree angles using techniques borrowed from architecture and engineering as well as Chinese and Japanese art. Adding layers of abstraction, Simpson translates these blueprints into three-dimensional space replicating the 45-degree angle perspective.
The exhibition includes wall-based, freestanding and suspended work from her seminal Samurai series (1981–82) alongside examples from later bodies of work such as Historical (1984–90), Headgear (1990–96) and Apron (2000–05).