Room to Play

Clamshell Edition

Text by Lyle Rexer

Simen Johan creates surreal and narrative tableaux of corrupted youth. His images of children and adolescents are constructed by digitally manipulating and combining parts of faces and bodies belonging to people of various ethnicities, ages, and genders. His fictional identities are depicted in equally fabricated scenarios that are replete with references to both the art historical tradition and Freudian sexuality. The poster-perfect finish of his prints belies the disturbing nature of their content: a pubescent girl hula hoops against an idyllic seaside backdrop, as the hoop leaves bruises on her waist; an androgynous teenager cradles the head of a dead sheep on which flies are beginning to land.

Edition of 100 copies laid in a clamshell box with a choice of two original prints numbered and signed by the artist.
February 2003
12 x 13 inches
40 Four-color Plates
96 Pages

$900.00
ISBN: 978-1-931885-21-8-LC
Availability: In Stock