The Weight of Knowledge
Benrubi Gallery is pleased to present, The Weight of Knowledge, a solo exhibition by Simon Brown.The exhibition will open on Thursday, November 20 and will be on view through Saturday, December 20. The Weight of Knowledge will be Simon Brown's first solo show at the gallery.
The photographs of books in Simon Brown's new show, The Weight of Knowledge, lend an unexpected materiality to language, that most insubstantial of cultural endeavors. The books in these images are tattered, misshapen, spotted with mold. Bindings are frayed, ink washed away until it's nearly invisible. Everything testifies to the tangible existence of language: to the human labor required to create and maintain both books and the words in them. The tactility of Brown's battered volumes reminds us that the physical world is constantly assaulting and altering language, but they also, more subtly, show us that words change the world as well, a fact Brown acknowledges by binding his books in bricklike units or stacking them up in towers that recall both ancient ziggurats and modern skyscrapers. Meticulously composed, richly nuanced in their use of color and what the artist has called the "perfect imperfection" of daylight, these images give us the book as objet d'art without stripping it of its textual status.
Simon Brown is an internationally recognized interior and lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, House & Garden, and among numerous other publications. He has exhibited in London, Dublin, Geneva and has published three books, 'Romantic Irish Homes', 'Romantic French Homes' and 'Romantic English Homes'. He lives and works in London, U.K.
Born in Jamaica
The Medway College of Design, Kent, U.K., 1982
Lives and works in London, England
The Weight of Knowledge, Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
Standing In the Corner, Rivoli Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Standing In the Corner, Richard Young Gallery, London, England
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 (Group Exhibition) , National Portrait Gallery, London, England
7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards (Group Exhibition), Beverly Hills, CA
Romantic Irish Homes, Sebastian Guiness, Dublin, Ireland
The Art of Photography Show (Group Exhibition), San Diego, CA
The Veil, Lambs Conduit Street, London, England
Romantic Irish Homes, CICO Books
Romantic French Homes, CICO Books
Romantic English Homes, CICO Books
The 2012 International Loupe Award (Bronze)