Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Doni Silver Simons

8 May

Now Be Here: Doni Silver Simons #292

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Doni Silver Simons

still from Whisper Pitch

still from Whisper Pitch


Time has been the central focus of Silver Simons’ work for over three decades. She calls herself a “chronicler” of time, identity and memory, painstakingly marking the moments of our lives. Her minimal, yet fastidious, canvases appear like ancient scrolls or calendars that have been unearthed and are frayed and unraveling. Many of the canvases are provocatively slashed revealing a series of vertical lines serving as both physical and metaphorical portals to other dimensions. Silver Simons is inspired by an insatiable desire to understand and interpret time, memory and identity. Quietude and mesmerizing repetitive variations of form, intent and action inform her pieces.

Unraveling, as a search for essence, is the primary focus of her new body of work, Ripped. In this work, destruction proceeds construction. Strands pulled from raw canvas accumulate and affirm a simultaneous presence and absence while retaining the visual and conceptual refinement we have come to expect in her work. Freed from their woven alignment, the threads discover new paths, revealing alternative truths in space and time. During the flow of these unraveling meditations, assumptions and expectations are revealed, and much like the threads, are relinquished.

Silver Simons is a painter, installation and performance artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelors of Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing from Wayne State University, Detroit. Her work has been exhibited at MOCA, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Wolfson Museum, Jerusalem, Hechel Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem and Mishkan L’Omanut, Ein Harod, Israel. Silver Simons’ work was featured in both the 2013 and 2015 Jerusalem Biennale. She is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions.

Doni Silver Simons


Sherry Frumkin Gallery

arena1 Gallery– 49 Days: Women who Count

LA Weekly

de-noue-ment (n)

AMH Art Advisory– dé-noue-ment (n.) Exhibition at Shulamit Gallery

Hebrew Union College– Marked Exhibition

Jewish Art Salon

Jewish Art Salon– Omer 5769

Turbulence 8

Huffington Post


Whitehot Magazine

The Loft at Liz’s

Laurel & Wolf– Studio visit

One Studio


Port 14

News– Doni Silver Simons

Jerusalem Publishing Atelier– Parshat Bamidbar Print

Videos– Doni Silver Simons

vimeo– EMS video After Image

Shulamit Gallery video– dé-noue-ment (n.) Exhibition

Antiquities, 2008
Acrylic, paper on panels
8″x 8″ eight canvases

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Doni Silver Simons- Now Be Here LA artist #292

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