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b. 1982, New Zealand

Simon Denny Biography

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.

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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.

Simon Denny Featured Artworks

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Ascent Hero Portrait Projection (Mad Fendrel) by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyAscent Hero Portrait Projection (Mad Fendrel), 2017Royalpainting.com commissioned painting (oil on canvas), UV print on canvas, custom stretchers
125 x 90 x 2 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Crypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: Electronic Banking Dystopia by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCrypto Futures Game of Life Overprint Collage: Electronic Banking Dystopia, 2018Digital print on Hasbro Game of Life Electronic Banking Edition board, Game of Life Card reader, Game of Life Bank Cards, powder-coated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas
72 x 100 x 23 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Document relief 3 (Amazon Worker Cage patent) by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyDocument relief 3 (Amazon Worker Cage patent)Inkjet print on archival paper, glue, custom metal wall mount
29.8 x 21.6 x 13.1 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Distressed Caterpillar SmartBand Mining Automation Worker Fatigue Tracker Promotion Screen by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyDistressed Caterpillar SmartBand Mining Automation Worker Fatigue Tracker Promotion Screen, 2019Aluminium case, laser cut Plexiglas, UV print on cardboard
68 x 120 x 10 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Crypto Futures Game of Life Board Overprint Collage: Twists & Turns by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCrypto Futures Game of Life Board Overprint Collage: Twists & Turns, 2018Digital print on Milton Bradley’s Game of Life Twists & Turns board, spinner and bank cards, powder-coated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas, various server rack hardware components
72 x 100 x 23 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Centralization vs Decentralization hardware display: IBM PureFlex/Zcash/GoL Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCentralization vs Decentralization hardware display: IBM PureFlex/Zcash/GoL Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest, 2018IBM PureFlex server rack door, found DIY GPU Zcash cryptocurrency miner, laser cut Milton Bradley 'Game of Life: Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest' boxes, steel, aluminium
177 x 66 x 100 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Centralization vs Decentralization hardware display: Cray Urika-GX/Zcash/GoL Twists & Turns by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyCentralization vs Decentralization hardware display: Cray Urika-GX/Zcash/GoL Twists & Turns, 2018Cray Urika-GX server rack door, found DIY GPU Zcash cryptocurrency miner, laser cut Milton Bradley Game of Life: Twists & Turns boxes, steel, aluminium
177.5 x 65 x 90 cm
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
Blockchain Future States Startup Case Mod: Digital Asset by Simon Denny contemporary artwork
Simon DennyBlockchain Future States Startup Case Mod: Digital Asset, 2016Screen print and UV print on Lian Li DK-Q1, print on Aludibond cutout, flexible LED strips, Paulmann power supply
55 x 65 x 63 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery

Simon Denny Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Simon Denny, Games of Decentralized Life at Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
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18 April–16 June 2018 Simon Denny Games of Decentralized Life Galerie BuchholzCologne
Contemporary art exhibition, Simon Denny, The Founder's Paradox at Michael Lett, Auckland
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18–22 December 2017 Simon Denny The Founder's Paradox Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Implicated and Immune at Michael Lett, Auckland
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28 January–28 February 2015 Group exhibition Implicated and Immune Michael LettAuckland

Simon Denny Represented By

Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Buchholz Berlin, Cologne, New York
Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lett Auckland

Simon Denny In Ocula Magazine

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Postponed Until 2021, Art Dubai Launches Online Catalogue Ocula News Postponed Until 2021, Art Dubai Launches Online Catalogue Dubai, 24 March 2020

The fair's digital offering also includes a Global Art Forum livestream on March 25 and an ongoing 'Planetary Feed' of interviews, insights and impressions from its network of luminaries.

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Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring Ocula Report Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Afterwork at Para Site 19 March to 29 May 2016 In a city where the problems and issues facing migrant workers—who make up approximately 4% of the population, and are mainly women—are seldom addressed, and where stories of injustice and tales of domestic-helper abuse by employers have been making headlines in the past...

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Art Basil [sic] Ocula Report Art Basil [sic] By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

A week of memorable highs and lows, and at times crashing expectations, kind of like the contemporary art market, really.

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Simon Denny Ocula Conversation Simon Denny By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers

2015 was a stellar year for the Berlin-based artist Simon Denny. First, MoMA PS1 presented  The Innovator’s Dilemma (3 April–24 August 2015), Denny’s first significant United States museum solo show. Then representing New Zealand at the 56 th Venice Biennale, his project Secret Power attracted both art world accolades...

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Simon Denny In Related Press

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Simon Denny: Mine Related Press Simon Denny: Mine 23 October 2019, Art Guide Australia

It is a matter of both awe and horror to contemplate Australia's larger mining sites: vast wounds in the earth that are largely automated and seemingly inexorable in their gouging power. In Simon Denny's Mine, we see multiple images of heavy machinery.

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Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Related Press Art in the dark: Dark Mofo 17 June 2019, Art Guide Australia

Now in its seventh year, Dark Mofo transforms Hobart into a red-hued spectacle of art, food and music. In addition to new Mona exhibitions Mine by Simon Denny, Siloam, Gorillas in Our Midst, and Kirsha Kaechele's Eat the Problem, Dark Mofo's 2019 program pushes a hefty dose of visual art into the nooks and vacant spaces of Hobart's CBD.

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New Zealand's most successful contemporary artist returns to his roots Related Press New Zealand's most successful contemporary artist returns to his roots 26 October 2016, The Creators Project

From our vantage point in 2016, it seems a little bizarre that Simon Denny never made it into Artspace’s annual new artist show when he was kicking off his career in Auckland. Now based in Berlin, Denny has become New Zealand’s most successful contemporary artist. If you had to sum it up, you could say his work interrogates the...

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Simon Denny's 'Blockchain Future States' at Petzel Gallery, New York Related Press Simon Denny's 'Blockchain Future States' at Petzel Gallery, New York 26 October 2016, Art Agenda

Few major exhibitions in recent memory have generated anything like the sort of intensely polarized response that greeted the recently concluded 9th Berlin Biennale, curated by the New York-based DIS, an increasingly notorious group of Gen X and Y “creatives” with close ties to the fashion and advertising industries. A recent publicity...

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