Simeon Nelson

TypeArtist
Male
Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page
Document CV
Wikipedia


Awards
Award2015Large Arts AwardWellcome TrustU.K.
Artist in residence2014Artist in ResidentFirst Floor GalleryHarare, Zimbabwe
Award2014International Artists Development Fund AwardBritish CouncilU.K.
Promotion2009FellowshipPollock-Krasner FoundationNew York, USA
Artist in residence2007 - 2008Artist in ResidentRoyal Geographical SocietyLondon, U.K.


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2015InterlocutorMossgreen GalleryMelbourne, Australia
Festival201518th Islamic Art FestivalSharjah Art MuseumSharjah, Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman
Solo exhibition2008CryptosphereRoyal Geographical SocietyLondon, UK
Festival2007Deep InspirationJerwood SpaceLondon, U.K.
Solo exhibition2005Terroir/BoudoirElastic ResidenceLondon, UK
Group exhibition2005National Sculpture Prize ExhibitionNational Gallery of AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Group exhibition2003This was the Future: Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and TodayHeide Museum of Modern ArtMelbourne, Australia
Group exhibition1996Australian Contemporary Art FairChristine Abrahams GalleryMelbourne, Australia
Solo exhibition1993 - 1994Landscope (The Machine in the Garden)NSW and Perth Institute of Contemporary ArtAustralia
Group exhibitionLumiereDurham, U.K.


Artworks in Collections
National Gallery of AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Museum of Contemporary ArtSydney, Australia
Art/Omi FoundationNew York, USA
Jerwood FoundationLondon, U.K.
Goldman SachsSydney, Australia


Publications
Monograph2013Black Dog PublishersAnarchy in the Organism, Cancer as a Complex SystemSimeon Nelson978 1 908966 28 5London 
MonographParabolaCryptosphereSimeon Nelson987-0-9558721-0-5London 
Monograph2005University of HertfordshireMappa MundiBonvicini, Gyonata898543 93 3 University of Hertfordshire, Galleries Hatfield
Monograph2000UNSW PressPassagesGenocchio, Benjamin0 86840 730 5Sydney 


Research & teaching
professorship2008SculptureSchool of Art and Design, University of HertfordshireHatfield, U.K.
professorship2009 - 2017Head of Visual ArtsSchool of Art and Design, University of HertfordshireHatfield, U.K.


2008
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Research and teaching

Hatfield, U.K.
School of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire

2008
2001
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Places of residence

London, U.K.

2001
1985 - 1987
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Education

Sydney, Asutralia
Bachelor of Fine Art, Sydney College of the Arts

1985 - 1987
1983 - 1984
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Education

Sydney, Australia
Art Certificate, National Art School

1983 - 1984
1967 - 2001
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Places of residence

, Australia

1967 - 2001
1964
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Born

, United Kingdom

1964
- 2001
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Education

Hatfield, U.K.
CPAD (Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education) University of Hertfordshire

- 2001

"My inter-disciplinary sculpture, installation, time based work and writing is an exploration of hidden dimensions, connections and patterns guided by my daimon. The forms and processes I make try to stay within the play of Eros and Psyche and balance unruly Dionysius with rational Apollo. I am interested in the interplay of the masculine and feminine principles and how the recognition and reconciliation of these primordial forces can illuminate systemic connections between art and science. My work is conceptually underpinned by developments in quantum, chaos and complex systems theory that continue to revolutionize the human and physical sciences. In contrast to an out-dated, mechanistic worldview these developments envision an organic, interrelational and ceaselessly creative cosmos, imbued with value and agency, calling for our ethical engagement. Binary categories such as mind and matter, subject and object are reframed as vantage points within unified experience. Ideas informing this approach, for example: autopoiesis (Varela), holarchy, (Koestler) second-order cybernetics (Bateson), radical empiricism (James), elan vital (Bergson) and philosophy of organism (Whitehead) share an apprehension of humanity and nature as a divisible whole. The works are organised around geometric and iterative systems in which the parts are nodes in a network. For example Desiring Machine 2008 http://simeon-nelson.com/index.php/ desiring-machine/ and Cosmoscope 2017-19 http://simeon-nelson.com/index.php/cosmoscope-2/ display nested hierarchies of scale and dimension, lines, planes, volumes and time-based light and sound elements speak to each other - parts only make sense in relationship to each other and their constitutive whole. This gestalt has the characteristics of a complex adaptive system in the way the parts interact and different patterns emerge depending on the viewers position. I collaborate with musicians, programmers and scientists. I work with leading arts organisations like Artichoke and funders including the Wellcome Trust, The Arts Council and international agencies. I disseminate my work through exhibitions, public artworks, light festivals, performances, publications and lectures. My work migrates between public installation, concert-hall and gallery/museums."

Artist statement

http://simeon-nelson.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SimeonNelsoncv.pdf (21.11.2019)

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Cosmoscope photo Cosmoscope 2018 Simeon Nelson 
Plenum photo Plenum 2014 Simeon Nelson