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Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
April 24 - July 06, 2014

Swarms, 2002 (pictured here) and Every Icon will be on view at BMOCA. "The exhibition presents the work of artists who are pioneers in developing the visual language that makes data captivating, expressive and meaningful." More information about the show can be found at the museum's website: www.bmoca.org






Moment of Escape
Reviewed in ARTnews
February 2014

"The implied message in these pieces is simple enough: think outside the box (or frame). But the satisfaction to be derived from the works is in the form more than the conceit -- a means of escape." - Kiki Turner

'John F. Simon, Jr.' ARTnews, February 2014






Moment of Escape

December 12, 2013 - February 8, 2014
Sandra Gering Inc., NYC


Here are some pictures of new work included in my Solo show at Sandra Gering Inc on East 63rd Street in Manhattan. The show includes eight new pieces and is the first show at Sandra Gering's new gallery location. (more images and information about the show)







December 1, 2013

Simon Says: Outside the Lines

"Boundary-pushing pieces at The Phillips Collection from John F. Simon Jr.'s new four-part installation, Intersections, reveal the merging of old and new artistic traditions, along with how contemporary spaces successfully weave together disparate collections. Simon's multimedia creations - including drawing, computer-generated fabrication and software - also embrace the notion that wandering through galleries should deliver moments of serendipity. Moreover, what we seek is not always what we find. And in the world of modern art, you won't find a loftier achievement."
- Michael McCarthy






Moment Of Escape
Sandra Gering Inc.
Opening December 12, 2013,
Noon - 7pm




14 East 63rd Street
Between Madison and 5th Avenue, NYC






iClock
Celebrates its 5th Anniversary
October 17, 2013

My "Divination Drawings" are a years-long practice of daily hand drawings which I use to meditate, but also as source material for larger works. Drawings from the Divination series begin intuitively; a pencil is guided by the unconscious thoughts and emotions of that day. The drawings are shared daily through my website iclock.com. When an image persists in these drawings, I translate it into something larger and more dimensional, fabricating it in diverse media such as: software, computers, paint, pencil, wood, HDU, formica, and linoleum often using computer controlled fabrication tools like a laser cutter and CNC router. If you subscribe to iClock I will email you a drawing every day.






Points, Lines, and Colors, in Succession
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
October 17, 2013 - February 9, 2014


My show at The Phillips Collection opened on October 17th, 2013, with an artist's talk at the museum. Here's a picture of Moment of Release, finished and installed for the exhibition. It is one of several pieces, some dating as far back as 2004, exhibited as part of the museum's Intersections program. Endless Bounty can be seen in the background while I'm giving my talk in the gallery. Here is some more information about the exhibition as well as some candid photos from the installation and artist's talk.






Moment of Release
Opening at The Phillips Collection
Oct 17th, 2013, 6:30pm



Here I am working in my studio on Moment of Release, a new artwork that will be included in my exhibition at The Phillips Collection opening this October. Moment of Release is an enlargement of my daily drawing from 12.4.2012. At that time I was working through variations of a symbol I call an 'expansion'; an image that initiates inside a frame and then grows to exceed the bounds of that frame. The symbol felt like a good metaphor for both unchecked industrial expansion and the unlimited potential of my own thoughts. Its installation at The Phillips Collection will be the premiere for Moment of Release and for all the new 3D style work I'll be showing this fall in NYC. [detail shot]








Solo Exhibition at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum - 2012

Here's an installation shot of my solo exhibit at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. The show, which ran for four months in 2012 featured works from 1996 to 2011 including my early art appliances, bas reliefs, large cabinet pieces, and drawings. Here are some more images from the show.






Mutual Core
Mobile App for Björk's Biophilia - 2011

Mutual Core is a music app for Björk's Biophilia album.
Versions of the app are available for purchase for the iPhone or Android.








Innerhole
at Gering & López Gallery, NYC - 2010

This is a picture of Reverie one of fourteen new pieces included in my solo exhibition at Gering & López Gallery in 2010. All of the works are derived from my sketches posted on my drawing site www.iclock.com
Here are some more images from the show.








My show at the Maramotti Collection was reviewed in ArtForum - Summer 2009

A review of the show is out. Cathryn Drake gave a terrific write up of the work. She really gets it. She understands the irony that in order to see the software's beauty you have to encounter the object in person. I have posted a pdf of the review. In the last paragraph she mentions a new web project of mine where I regularly post 'divination drawings' - the link to that is here.









Maramotti Collection - March 2009

I just opened a terrific show at the Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The curator was Mario Diacono and he was a joy to work with. The Maramotti Collection has supported my work for ten years and has really made a difference in my professional practice. The new work in the show is called 'Visions'. It was commissioned by the collection and is featured the cover of the catalog.

I have posted some images of the opening here.









Art in America Review - April 2008

We were very lucky to get a wonderful review in the April 2008 issue of Art in America. It was written by Nancy Princenthal - one of my all time favorites - so that was doubly good. Click here to read the review.









John F. Simon Jr.
Flip
2007
Gering & López Gallery
A mention in ArtNet...

.... reminded me of an exhibition at Gering & López last fall, a selection of seven elaborate cabinets crafted by John F. Simon Jr. to house and present his custom-designed computer codes -- something utterly abstract -- that manifest as ever-changing, tumbling abstract patterns on LCD screens. Suggesting Mid-Century Moderne, the cabinets are multicolored and inscribed with elaborate, laser-cut decorations. What 's more, each cabinet represents a different chakra, and embodies a specific kind of energy.

As someone who came of age during the Conceptual Art era, my first impulse was that all the additional meanings that Simon had layered onto his "pure" code were extraneous. "Everything is code," the artist explained. "And there are lots and lots of codes." He won me over when he added the one inspiration for his cabinets were the "home entertainment centers" that now house digital content within our analog living rooms and dens.

The high design of Simon's work is very much in line with the sensibility animating the 2008 Whitney Biennial, which is about décor more than anything else. Everything in the show is shiny or polychromed or naturalistically textured, impeccably laid out and neatly aligned....



March 12, 2008 Update : I knew Walter Robinson of ArtNet had visited the Winds show and I hoped he would write something about it but I waited all fall and nothing appeared. Then last Saturday I attended the fancy champagne brunch Sandra threw for the terrific new Jane Simpson show. As I was gulping coffee and stuffing in the chocolate croissant I saw Walter and decided to take a chance. "I didn't write anything all fall" he said "I have a stack of notes." I felt better about the whole thing - not to mention the coffee - and chatted with him about all sorts of art topics. Imagine my surprise this week when he mentioned my show alongside Jane Simpson and the Whitney Biennial. I really believe in this work and it felt so good to read what he had to say. His excerpt is above and the whole ArtNet news article is here. Thanks Walter.





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