Friday, 10 April 2009

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Seminal Text

Back in '95 Heathcote Williams epic poem on the destructive powers of the automobile was a strong influence on my course work at Sutton College (C&G TV & Video )
Not recommended as holiday reading if you're travelling by car!

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Thursday, 30 August 2007




I just feel like crying




I could drive over to your house


Intermittent messages

Static -

Might just as well pull over and park

Mirror signal manoeuvre

Pull out

Pull away


or not -

Flying on your motorcycle

Taking notes

Like the Metatron

Could be a make of car

The Mazda Metatron

The Ford Despair

The Opel Mantra

The Daihatsu Stupid.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007



A small series of manipulated family photographs

In essence all of my work begins with reference to personal and family history -

Sometimes overt -

Sometimes more opaque or obscure -

For me memory is a vital resource, even though it is often unreliable and fragmentary -

Obscured by the clouds of time -

For all of us the family photographic archive is a window on the past and a key to remembering - Proof that we exist and are connected -

Linked to the flow of time -

As recordings of family events, usually recalled as happy occasions, birthdays, weddings, a new car and the like, photographs serve as an adjunct to memory - Communal experience of ritual and tradition - Collective memory -

Helping us to own the past -

Often these images are captured with haste, quickly, before the candles are blown out or the smile vanishes. Subsequently they are often awkwardly framed, badly lit - Off kilter - For me this adds another dimension which, in these images, I am attempting to emphasise by selecting even tighter croppings and bringing attention to hidden or easily ignoreable details on the edges, marginalised - Exploring a barely extant landscape with indistinct tools - Faulty memory and the fact that I did not take the photographs in the first place -

Rejected: Through forgetting -

Re-collected: Through remembering -

Projected: Through editing and recombining -

Simon Hope
August 2007

R/R/P 01

a small series of manipulated family photographs

Friday, 24 August 2007

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Monday, 6 August 2007

Pool car

Nissan Primera 2.0 SLX

J reg, 86,000 miles MOT til Feb 08 Taxed til end Aug.

The last piece of the carculture jigsaw is in place. Now I can go driving!

Azzurri Di Ripristino

Duwaynes visit to Italy in search of rare metal.

Road rage personified

Trouble on the flyover.

Friday, 20 July 2007

Simons Garage (open context)

Toy garage made for me by my grandad Albert Edwin Todd (who was woodbutcher in residence at Woolies in Brum many moons ago) and given to me as a christmas present when I was about 7 years old.

The photograph is a reference to a cassette recording of my brother singing Away in a Manger from about the same time recorded at Nan & Grandads in Lincoln. One of two pics of myself and my brother with the first line from the carol written on tape covering our mouths. (I keep copies of these images in my wallet at all times)

The car is a 1/18 scale Mk II Jaguar which I bought for my Dad.

He had a Daimler 250 (Reg: POB 8G) at the start of the 1970s and over the years I have tried to create a collection for him of cars that he owned (including the silver Capri and a black Mini Van) which I shall now continue to do for myself.

The original car was brown and this Maisto model in Old English white was the closest I could get.

I'm intending to renovate the garage at some point and repaint it in its original colours of claret and blue. I don't know why Bert chose this colour scheme but it is highly appropriate that I now have a view from my studio window of the Aston Villa football ground.

I have used the garage in many ways over the years, repainting it and using for photographic and sculptural purposes:
A bit of fotoshoppe from a couple of years ago.

So, I'm trying to track down the lettering Bert used to make the sign "SIMONS GARAGE" it was something like this: but if anyone knows the whereabouts of an old set (in Helvetica font) please let me know.

Monday, 16 July 2007

Dec 25th 1969

Junkyard Ford

Hot seat

Well clattered GT40

Bimmer Blues

Celebrate with Champari

Thanks to all the guys at Tele-Dada and Doomlop
We couldna' done it without ya!

Looking for new sponsors

Dad pops round for a cuppa

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Work in progress

So I thought bollox to the sanding, lets get some paint stripper on the go!
A little sanding to finish off and a nice coat of RAL 5002
Now I just need some Bimmer wheels to replace the Merc' ones and a few race decals and we're off

Ascona on a roll!

Another corner of the store

V70 station wagon in flight

Duwayne puts his newly aquired lifting gear to good use.

Store 01b

More colour coded vehicles.

Store 01a

Using a simple colour coding system.

635 csi prep'

Taking time to prepare his BMW racecar for the Autumn season (Lots of sanding!)

In storage

During the Summer break Duwayne will be storing his extensive vehicle collection at an undisclosed location somewhere deep in the Mid-West

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Monday, 18 June 2007

Projected memory 01

Thought transferrence onto CCD

Dead Beetle (Volkswaganus Carapacia)

Friday, 25 May 2007

Night Rider

My Scalextric Boss 302 Mustang which I have repainted matt black and fitted sidepipes handmade from ally tube. Just need to fit a light kit and whack some number decals on the doors and it'll be ready to race. Gonna set some record lap times with this beasty, it go's like s*%t off a shovel!

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Look, No Motorways!

Yes, there was a time when Spaghetti junction was nothing but a dream.


Wednesday, 16 May 2007


Tell all the people
in their cars
to go home & love their loved ones
There’s no recommended daily dose
for hydrocarbons

Praise the Lord
& pass the paracetamol

How do you resist the irresistable?

Mom & Dad are welded
to the telly
in the living room
Praying that their lucky dip
gets lucky

Praise the Lord
& pass the paracetamol

How do you escape the inescapable?

How do you resist the irresistable?

Tell al the residents
in St Cements
they’ll soon be
with their loved ones
Waiting for their turn to hit the highway

Praise the Lord
& pass the paracetamol

How do you explain the inexplicable?

How do you escape the inescapable?

How do you resist the irresistable?

Friday, 11 May 2007

All things must pass.

Back to the garden