The norms: processes and production

Simpson, Ben (2018) The norms: processes and production. [Show/Exhibition]


There are many different elements that make up this exhibition and therefore the artists profile that surrounds it. This is a circular celebration of the artists practice since his time of first being introduced to animation and comic books as a creative medium on his Foundation Course at Leeds College of Art in 2001. Now nearly 18 years later he celebrates his return to what is now called the Leeds Arts University in an academic role as Senior Lecturer in Animation with an exhibition that exams and scrutinizes that journey. GENERAL EXHIBITION: Doctor Simpo (aka Ben Simpson) is a cartoonist using a variety of analogue and digital technologies including 16mm, lithograph, silk screen, letterpress, pencil and ink, modelling clay, interactive art, puppetry and Pentel Sign Pens (his favourite felt-tip pen). This exhibition will showcase his multifaceted publication The Norms. Realised in 3D as if stepping into his narrative world, the show will include a glow in the dark dimension for Light Night. As an ‘ideas man,’ Simpo celebrates eighteen years since he studied at Leeds Arts University, The Glasgow School of Art, The Pratt Institute and The Royal College of Art. Doctor Simpo will be ‘holding-court’ on specific dates throughout the course of the exhibitions run and will also be curating a symposium on the theme of ‘Women World Builders.’ LIGHT NIGHT: On Light Night the lights will go off and the spooks will come out at Leeds Arts University. Get your spook spotters kit at the ready to hunt for an 'unlucky for some' 13 spooks at Vernon Street, featuring some of the most iconic cartoon and comic characters of all time. Solve the mystery to win your official spook spotters badge. You will also get the chance to enter the inside of Doctor Simpo’s noggin and see giant glowing cartoon worlds and other real-life interpretations of pages taken from his new book and kids TV pilot 'The Norms'.

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