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Opening: Simeon Barclay presents Mans Not Ready

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28 May 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ

Join us for the opening of Simeon Barclay presents Mans Not Ready. Exhibition runs until 7th June.

"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone" *

'Mans Not Ready' attempts to suss out the links between popular cultural production and the way in which we negotiate the construction of a subjective self. Using a schizophrenic engagement with both historical and material references, including gender performance, maligned cult figures and Vogue Magazine, Barclay attempts to re articulate the objects, signs, mannerisms and postures which become culturally produced. These materials, through a synthesis of sculpture, painting and installation are used as a way to suggest an alternative reality, where reinvention and embellishment become the mediums for navigating desire, seduction, status anxiety and dominate conceptions of identity.

As a way of further extrapolating the ideas around the exhibition, the opening will be accompanied by a reading from the Leeds based writer and publisher Mick Mc Cann who will read an excerpt from his book, Coming out as a Bowie Fan In Leeds, Yorkshire, England -The Memoirs of A punk Romantic, Published By Armley Press 2006 (


Simeon Barclay (b. Huddersfield, 1975. Lives and works in Leeds, UK) completed a MFA in Fine Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, London in 2014. Selected exhibitions include: Wu Tang Killer Beez, blip blip blip, Leeds, UK (2013), To-morrow or To-day, Soscastoa, Gent, Belgium and Mexico Leeds, Contemporary Figuration, Udstillingsstedet Q, Copenhagen, Denmark, (2013). Upcoming exhibitions include Dam Projects, London, 2015 (solo), Two Queens, Leicester, The Tetley, Leeds and KARST, Plymouth, 2015 (group)

*Coco Chanel

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