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
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.
arena1 Gallery– 49 Days: Women who Count
AMH Art Advisory– dé-noue-ment (n.) Exhibition at Shulamit Gallery
Hebrew Union College– Marked Exhibition
Jewish Art Salon– Omer 5769
Laurel & Wolf– Studio visit
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
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
*Doni Silver Simons- Now Be Here LA artist #292