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/