Simon Faithfull is a curator/artist and aside from curating
Container-ship has exhibited widely in a variety of contexts.
Faithfull's gallery based work takes the form of site-specific
installation, but often in a sense that extends beyond the
galleries’ walls to ask questions about this ‘site’. A recurring
concern within Simon Faithfull's work has been with the
‘connectivity’ of spaces and ideas. With ‘Hertford Union’ at the
Chisenhale Gallery, Faithfull punctured the skin of a building and
created an umbilical cord that tethered it to the awkward and
unreliable world beyond the gallery.
The instability and shifting nature of the world has been a
concern in a number of works. That polarity can shift, that
personality is not a constant, that time and memory are mutable
and that uncertainty is now a principle, have all informed his
work. The discovery of twenty anagram aliases within his name
spawned a series involving a fragmentation of self. Feeble alter
egos huddle in the corners of gallery or shop waiting for a reason
to be. An unspecified unease with the physical constraints of
reality is the subject of another series of work - the Escape
Vehicles. Imbued with the melancholy of failure, the vehicles
invite the viewer to imagine occupancy but acknowledge that they
are incapable of the pronouncement made within their title.