Edward Hopper House Art Center is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by John F. Simon, Jr. Simon is known for his software based installations and projections, often using computers to activate ideas from the history of painting. For this exhibition, Simon will produce a new site-specific freestanding sculptural work that is inspired by Edward Hopper's paintings of urban exteriors. Simon is interested specifically in how Hopper handled and mixed the various styles of New York City industrial and brownstone buildings that appear side by side in his paintings. Simon shares Hopper's fascination with ornate cornices, brick and plaster finishes, window frames that vary from building to building, and the extremes of color, light, and shadow that play across their surfaces.
Using pencil sketching, 3D modeling, and CNC milling, Simon takes advantage of the latest digital fabrication techniques to exaggerate perspective and simulate shadow, building and mixing several facade styles in alternating patterns. He will also show several of his earlier software “art appliances” whose imagery and style relate to his love of the architectural styles of New York City. Among the works shown will be: ComplexCity (2000), Window (2001) and Endless Bounty (2005)--all works of software art that explore the themes of city life, color and light.
Simon received an AB in art and ScB in geology from Brown University, an MA in Earth and planetary sciences from Washington University, and an MFA in computer art from the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has exhibited his work throughout the world and it is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Phillips Collection, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
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