Simon KnowlesBorn in London 1957
1975-78 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art. Falmouth School of Art
|2006||Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co.Kildare|
|2004||The Private Collector's Gallery, Inishannon|
|2003||Kilcock Gallery, Kilcock|
|2002||South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel|
|2002||Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar|
|2000||Kilcock Gallery, Kilcock|
|1997||Blackcombe Gallery, Cork|
|1997||Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh|
|1991||Saint Bride's church. Fleet Street. London|
|1980||Cannon Hill, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham|
|1980||Holt Street Gallery, Birmingham|
Allied Irish Bank . Kildare County Council . Ulster Bank . Bank of Liechtenstein.
This series of panels, each of which refers to a section of the city, such as Latin, French, Italian etc, plays on the idea of incommensurability, that is to say on the idea that current culture is a de-centred, plural structure in which no principles of order can be determined that retain any permanence. Instead Heterotopia is a place that endlessly reflects itself replicating its own de-centred shifting language of multicultural symbols.
The panels depicting various quarters of the city then become a map to a chaotic multiculturalism in which the signs and symbols associated with particular cultures appear, at random, in what might generally be perceived as the 'wrong' quarter - for example Islamic text appearing in the Jewish quarter - thus causing the collapse of recognized models of cultural identity and the brief creation of new hybrid models.