Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s through her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. Simpson’s striking juxtapositions of text and staged images raised questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history; concerns that are reflected in the artist’s expanding and multi-disciplinary practice today.
Simpson’s inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London features her new and recent work across three different media: painting, photographic collage and sculpture. Throughout the exhibition, Simpson continues to develop the language of the found image as a source and incorporates vintage photographs from Ebony and Jet magazines dating from the 1950s to the 1970s. Photo collages and paintings are presented alongside a series of sculptures that feature glistening ‘ice’ and ‘snow’ made of various materials. Through layering and collage, Simpson’s recent works reconfigure imagery of the female form and reflect the artist’s ongoing exploration of, and response to, contemporary culture and American life today.