Curator’s Choice at the Glass Tank

Monday, 21 July 2014

Plunge, roil and writhe (detail)

Ruth Simons, Oxford Brookes alumna, will be featured in the Abercrombie Glass Tank this month with an exhibition of works selected by gallery curator, Dr Joanna Walker.

The exhibition has given me an exciting opportunity to display my work in new contexts, and extend beyond the gallery setting.

Ruth Simons

The exhibition, titled Order, will explore ideas of growth, complexity, abundance, and man’s perception of nature through drawing, print, sculpture and installation.

“The Curator's Choice exhibition has given me an exciting opportunity to display my work in new contexts, and extend beyond the gallery setting into the courtyard and atrium”, comments the artist.

Simons’ work raises questions about our relationship with nature, touching on issues of ecology, mutation and climate change. The randomness of nature and the associated aesthetic of patterns and systems is a catalyst for her practice.

Simons received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, First Class, from Oxford Brookes University.

She previously studied Metallurgy, Economics and Management at The University of Oxford and this interest in science and materials underpins her research. She has exhibited throughout the UK and was shortlisted for the Jerwood drawing prize in 2012, where one of the judges wrote that her work demonstrated that “drawing is crucial to discovery and critical thought”.

She recently completed a two year printmaking residency at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell and has received a New Graduate Award from londonprintstudio.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 24 July to Friday 29 August 2014.

The Glass Tank is found on the ground floor of the Abercrombie Building on the University’s Headington campus.

There will be a private viewing of the exhibition on Wednesday 23rd July 2014, from 18.30 until 20.00, details of which can be found on our events pages.