John F. Simon, Jr.: Worlds All Around
Opening Reception – Thursday, June 1, 6-8pm
On View Friday, May 12 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
From May 12th to June 25th, 2017, John F. Simon, Jr. will fill the Seligman Center’s Gallery with paintings and drawings from the last two years of his studio work, covering vast thematic territory including: cycles, globes, diagrammatic representations of flow, introspective lines, improvisational construction, mechanical precision, spontaneous mark making, places where worlds intersect, and images inspired from sky and imagination simultaneously. In other words, a snapshot of the running commentary of his mind with occasional moments of clarity; a typical day in the studio.
This work is not encumbered with predefined stories. There are no logical explanations and few easily recognizable symbols. The meaning of the work starts undefined and remains so. Simon invites viewers to fall back on their senses, silently observe the colors, take a breath, follow the contours, allow thoughts and feelings to arise, and note their impressions of a single piece, the entire show, and the world all around.
JOHN F. SIMON, JR. is a visual artist and author of “Drawing Your Own Path” (Parallax Press, 2016) As one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art, his seminal work “Every Icon” was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and his ‘art appliances’ can be found in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many other museums. Born in Louisiana, he holds a Master’s in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. http://www.numeral.com/
Drawing Your Own Path, published in November 2016 by Parallax Press, is an account of how visual artist John Simon’s daily drawing discipline became a meditation practice, and how that meditation illuminated his creative source. A practical guidebook full of Simon’s own art, Drawing Your Own Path offers meditators an alternative path to ‘just sitting’ and offers artists a way to mindfully examine and deepen the source of their creative ideas. Readers are guided through thirty–three meditation and drawing exercises, exploring concentrated looking, mindful sketching, and improvisational awareness, all designed to help practitioners discover the vast creativity within themselves and in their daily lives. http://drawingyourownpath.com/
Sculptures on Long-Term View
The Eventual Outcome of an Instant
A Social Practice Sculpture Project by Sue Wrbican
Executed June-September 2015
Drawing inspiration from the surrealist landscape paintings of Kay Sage, Sue Wrbican designed a 27′ tall site-specific sculpture, Hyphen, for the Seligmann homestead. Situated at the highest point on the 55-acre homestead, Hyphen draws Sage’s charged surrealist landscapes into three dimensions, giving new insight into the experience of her under-appreciated work. A fourth dimension is implied through the lens of time and history. Constructed collaboratively using wood salvaged from a fire at a local lumberyard, the works resonate with the fact that Sage, prior to creating her painting, Tomorrow is Never, dreamt of burning scaffolds.
Book Tree, 2012
Jed Bark joined Holly Solomon Gallery when it opened in 1975 and exhibited there regularly until the mid-1980’s, when he shifted his full-time focus to Bark Frameworks. His works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Centre Pompidou, among others. Bark’s work was recently shown in the exhibition “Rituals of Rented Island” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2014) and at Paris Photo (2016). An individual exhibition of his work, “Jared Bark: Photobooth Works, 1969-1976,” took place at Southfirst Gallery in 2015.
Crazy Column, 1976
526 x 53 x 53 cm
Bernard Kirschenbaum, born in 1924 in New York City, is an artist known for both his architecture and sculptures. Shortly after graduating from Chicago’s Institute of Design in 1952, Kirschenbaum moved to Massachusetts and opened an architecture firm along with several of his colleagues. The firm became well known for the development of the D.E.W. Line Dome System, which were a string of domes to cover radar equipment. After moving back to New York City in 1957, Kirschenbaum built a dome studio for artist Susan Weil, whom he later married. His focus shifted from architectural design to sculptural art in the 1960’s when he made a sculpture for a group show at a New York gallery. He had his first of many solo exhibits in 1969. Over the next few decades, Kirschenbaum exhibited art in a variety of locations including NYC, Washington D.C., Sweden, Wisconsin, and Finland. www.bernardkirschenbaum.com.