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A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament to...
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Simon Denny’s practice emphasizes relationships within communities of things: complex sculptural combinations of objects found, bought, gathered and made. Denny’s approach is sculpturally holistic, seeking and building upon analogous connections between the various formal aspects of his work. Typically, Denny’s sculptural installations are formed from predetermined fragments then assembled within a given space, which to a significant extent determines the final form and content of the work. The finished work is thus more accurately described as the formal resolution of Denny’s working process, of sensing and facilitating interconnections between composite elements and the ideas they can contribute to a larger project.

Denny presents his audiences with situations that tend to foreground an engagement with associations of form, purpose and action. Distinctively rough-shod, ad-hoc constructions of everyday materials are combined with - and are often comprised of - domestic ready-mades. Denny’s apparent crude modesty of form belies the poetic intelligence of the works coming-to-be and sculptural conceit. Denny’s art-making is rooted in doing: considerations of performance and acts of making which embed the artists gesture and activity in his objects - objects chosen in the first instance for the character and activity they already inhabit.

Simon Denny had his first major exhibition in the U.S in 2015, with  at MoMA PS1, a solo exhibition covering his major works to-date, which opened on 3 April.

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