• Installation view
    Diane Simpson
    Peplum VI
    2016
    LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
    63 x 57 x 21 inches

  • Installation view

  • Diane Simpson
    Drawing for Peplum VI
    2016
    graphite on two sheets of vellum graph paper
    32 x 24 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VI(detail)
    2016
    LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
    63 x 57 x 21 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VI(detail)
    2016
    LDF, screws, enamel, spunbond polyester, crayon, plywood, and oil stain
    63 x 57 x 21 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Installation view
    Diane Simpson
    Peplum V
    2016
    LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
    67 x 36 x 12 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum V(detail)
    2016
    LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
    67 x 36 x 12 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum V
    2016
    LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
    67 x 36 x 12 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum V
    2016
    LDF, linoleum, plywood, wood veneer, canvas, acrylic and enamel
    67 x 36 x 12 inches

  • Installation view

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum III
    2014
    MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
    42 x 19 x 11 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum III
    2014
    MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
    42 x 19 x 11 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum III (detail)
    2014
    MDF, oil stain, spunbond polyester, gessoed linen canvas, colored pencil, crayon
    42 x 19 x 11 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Diane Simpson
    Drawing for Peplum IV + Pattern
    2015
    graphite on two sheets of vellum graph paper
    25 x 22 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view
    Diane Simpson
    Peplum IV
    2015
    aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
    48 x 29 x 18 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum IV (detail)
    2015
    aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
    48 x 29 x 18 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum IV
    2015
    aluminum, galvanized steel, rivets, enamel
    48 x 29 x 18 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view
    Diane Simpson
    Peplum I
    2014
    fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
    47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum I
    2014
    fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
    47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum I
    2014
    fiberboard, enamel, copper, plywood
    47 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 17 inches

  • Installation view

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum II
    2014
    high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
    56 x 18 x 18 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum II (detail)
    2014
    high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
    56 x 18 x 18 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Drawing for Peplum II
    2015
    graphite and colored pencil on graph paper
    18 x 20 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum II
    2014
    high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, colored pencil, paint marker, aluminum
    56 x 18 x 18 inches

  • Installation view

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VII
    2016
    LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
    50 x 32 x 22 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VII
    2016
    LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
    50 x 32 x 22 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VII
    2016
    LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
    50 x 32 x 22 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VII (detail)
    2016
    LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
    50 x 32 x 22 inches

  • Diane Simpson
    Peplum VII (detail)
    2016
    LDF, enamel, canvas, colored pencil, crayon, Velcro, aluminum grid, screws
    50 x 32 x 22 inches


PRESS RELEASE

Opening reception: Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm

Corbett vs. Dempsey is excited to kick off the Fall season, 2016, with Diane Simpson, an exhibition of new work by the artist of the same name.  This is her second solo show at the gallery.

Continuing a line of inquiry that she’s been diligently and exhaustively following since the 1970s, Simpson constructs artworks that examine relationships between clothing and architecture, between design and affect, and between drawing and sculpture.  In seven newly unveiled works – six floor-standing and one wall-hanging – she delves primarily into one form: the peplum.  As Benjamin Chaffee explains in his catalog essay:  “The etymology of the word relates to the Greek word, ‘peplos,’ a long tunic-like garment worn by women in ancient Greece…Today a peplum is a short overskirt designed to be worn over another garment adding a decorative element, a literal flair.”  These are human-scale vertical constructions, most of them featuring disparate materials, many industrial in nature, including aluminum, galvanized steel, LDF and MDF (light and medium density fiberboard), linoleum, spunbond polyester, and foamboard, sometimes accenting or patinating them with crayon, enamel, acrylic, or marker.  Simpson is always acutely aware of angles, plying complexes of nested shapes as she superimposes one upon another, forcing geometry to yield a sort of grace.  The resulting works call into play the constructed quality of human presentation, recalling Hugo Ball’s dada costumes, constructivist painting, and modernist design, but looking like nothing but Diane Simpson.  In the last five years, Simpson has been steadily rising in international visibility, with a stunning survey at the ICA, Boston (2015-16) and a beautiful exhibition at the MCA, Chicago (2016), as well as solo shows in London (Herald St.) and New York (JTT), and group shows in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Glasgow, Portland (OR), and Washington DC.  In addition to her new sculptures, Simpson will show several related drawings.  The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color 56-page catalog with essays by Chaffee and Tessa Paneth-Pollak.