Artists Tim Ellis, Katie Cuddon, Sam Plagerson and Douglas White are known for their interest in
and examination of our contemporary culture and the objects within it. Individually, each artist displays a
widely differing perception of the world and their interests and approaches differ enormously, swerving
from the nature of fame and its constructions, to the complexities of the human psychological condition.
As a group, their work in this exhibition casts light on man’s perception of himself and how he chooses to
Having trained in a ‘post-YBA’ environment, these artists do not use shock as a tactic with which to make
a point but reference instead a wide web of ideas - both visual and conceptual – with which to tease a
response from the viewer. They also frequently make use of appropriation, as a means of taking
something from its familiar and accepted circumstances and placing it in a fresh perspective, where it can
be considered anew. New Symphony questions notions of authorship, identity (on both a personal and
societal level), value and beauty, and as such presents insights into one of the main discussions within
British art and society today.
This exhibition marks the continuation of a programme of artist projects that began in 2008. Since then
Simon Oldfield has worked on an ambitions series of exhibitions and events, that have included the
Ascension exhibition of works in 2008 by Michael Armitage, Ben Ashton, Katy Kirbach and Polly Morgan
and most recently with Ben Ashton’s first solo exhibition in November 2009. In a former monumental
stonemason’s showroom, Ashton exhibited new paintings and sculptures that explored the notion of
celebrity and its manifestations, throughout history.
Simon Oldfield Gallery use their profit to support charitable organisations such as The Whitechapel
Gallery through the patron programme. In addition to the exhibition programme, the gallery also supports
emerging artists by providing studio facilities. Simon Oldfield is the founder of The Bloomsbury Studio,
which opened in 2008, offering subsidized live/work spaces for young artists.
2010 has also seen Simon Oldfield Gallery working with the Contemporary Art Society in support of their
centenary programme. The gallery is providing studio/living accommodation to Yane Calovski, who is
developing an exhibition for Tate Britain that opens in May 2010.