Some of the posters have had their transient commercial directives so intertwined with the artist’s fictional and material alterations that it is impossible to tell where the original ends and the mutation begins.
Whilst destroying the quick-hit, constantly shifting message of this ephemeral material, Simon Bedwell also saves it, giving it new weight and an object-quality that meanwhile retains an echo of the familiar.
Using ClipArt and WordArt software, available to almost anybody with a computer, Simon Bedwell’s posters combine found pictures with words and phrases, real and invented.
As in much of Simon Bedwell’s work, a wide range of visual material, from promotional blurbs to local newspaper headlines, from ’50s photography to Communist Bloc advertising, combines to shape the final images.
Simon Bedwell is best known for his hand-manipulated trashed posters and photographs, using text and spray-paint to generate esoteric, strangely poignant or crass comedic fusions of word and image.
Simon Bedwell draws on the visual vernacular of the streets, employing the cheap and throwaway nostalgia of posters scavenged from billboards, bargain bins and thrift stores as raw materials to fragment, divert and elaborate the original meaning into absurd compositions, poetic narratives and sardonic allegories of power.
Born in 1963, Croydon
Lives and works in London
From 1991-2002 worked almost exclusively under the name BANK, a studio-based collaborative practice. Since 2003 he has been working as a solo artist.
Painter of the Hole, MOT International, London
Asphalt World, Studio Voltaire, London
The Receivers, MOT International, London
The Furnishers, White Room, White Columns, New York
The Researchers, Byam Shaw School of Art gallery, London
The Adverts, Rental, Los Angeles
Gents: A Melodrama with 2 Acts, Platform, London
Simon Bedwell, Ritter/Zamet, London
Advertising Doesn’t Tell Anyone Anything Anyway. Piccadilly Circus Underground station concourse, Platform for Art, London
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Roth, New York
La Belle Dame Sans Merci Vagas Gallery. London
Other People’s Projects, White Columns, New York
Last Of The Urgents, Colony Gallery, Birmingham
Second Life, Portman Gallery, London
Oliver Twist, Rental, New York
Bring The War Home, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Bring The War Home, QED Gallery, Los Angeles
I Am The Fly Franc-Paca, Marseilles
Pimps and Hookers 1000000mph, London
Simon/Sarah, Platform, London
Right on/Write Off, Chapman Fine Arts, London
Paintings without Painters, Painters without Paintings, Orchard, New York
England Their England, Laden Fur Nicht, Leipzig
Post No Bills, White Columns, New York
Brit Povera, Gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Shouting At the Television (interview with Mustafa Halusi) online project
Galleon and other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London
Bech Futures 5, ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow
Grate Britain, Cell, London
Slimvolume 5, Redux, London
The Sound Of The Crowd, Ritter/Zamet, London
Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London