Touch Stones: an investigation into humans relationship with rock

Image Credit: Simon Hitchens


Thursday 16 March 2017 – Saturday 08 April 2017
Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 12 - 5pm

The group of work displayed at b-side’s Outpost is centred on the film Genesis, which explores ideas of what it is to be human and our relationship to the impermanence of life. There is an uncanny simplicity to the film like the meditative calm found in a Zen garden, where displaced rocks become almost body-like. What at first appears to be a benign boulder sat in an arcane landscape slowly begins to take on human qualities: is this a genesis, or the genesis? 

“The film can be viewed as a landscape painting, a still life or even a self-portrait. I chose to use film because I wished to explore my ideas through a new medium, one that challenged how I went about making my art. The process of making it was slow, and involved working with a technical editor which in turn allowed me a greater degree of objectivity that I found rewarding.”

Sculptures and drawings shown alongside the film expand this theme of transience.

Simon will be talking about his recent work on March 16th please see website for all information and times.


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