“Marking time is universal

It is what we all do with our lives

Some more gracefully than others

But no one leaves an unmarked path”

fever-pitch-doni-backTime 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 her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. Her work has been exhibited at The Detroit Institute of Art; The Wolfson Museum, Jerusalem; MAAAC Museum, Cisternino, Puglia, Italy; Hechel Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem; Mishkan L’Omanut, Ein Harod, Israel; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Silver Simons’ work was featured in multiple exhibitions at the Jerusalem Biennale, 2017, 2015, and in 2013. Silver Simons has shown in galleries throughout the United States. Her work is found in many public and private collections including The Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, the Dept of Agriculture, Washington DC, the collections of David Soros (Los Angeles), Sasha Palevsky (Los Angeles), and Lila and Gil Silverman (Detroit).   She is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Santa Monica Art Projects Grant and was a 2017 Inquiry Fellow. Silver Simons brought the collective voice of women in Darfur and Congo to the consciousness of the west coast public as an artist in residence to the anti-genocide organization, Jewish World Watch. She has organized and participated in numerous panel discussions and lectured in galleries and universities.

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