Gary Simmons
Sculptor & Installation Artist
New York, NY
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Agnes Gund.

Gary Simmons’s drawings and installations trace and selectively remove elements of individual and collective narrative through the act of erasure. He addresses memory, history, and personal experiences through abstract references to a fragmented past. For Simmons, erasure is not only a physical act but also one that has a conceptual framework. Although society may attempt toeradicate the memories of past injustices, evidence of those events remains, haunting us and shaping the present. His current work consists of site-specific projects that refer to architecture, film, theoretical texts, and science fiction.

Portrait photo courtesy Colt Hausman.
  • Reflection of a Future Past, 2003, oil and pigment; photo courtesy Tom Powel