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Watchlist Artist: Xaviera Simmons

David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Open, a solo exhibition by Xaviera Simmons in photography and sculpture.

If the medium is the message, what bodies speak its language? How does it translate across experiences, memories, and histories? Simmons is engaged with a rigorous studio practice that encompasses photography, performance, installation, sculpture and video works. The works in Open present the richness of medium specificity.  Xaviera Simmons sets the terrestrial in dialogue with immaterial labor. Open is at once an ever evolving archive and a composite landscape that necessitates traversing and strict attention to detail. This exhibition is the first large-scale installation of Simmons' ongoing Index series, photographic works whose core are found in the language of the sculptural.  These works, along with the artist's text based sculptural works have a cinematic affect inside gallery walls. The exhibition rests on the dimension of time, rethinking presence and environment, the ephemeral and the performative.

(text source: David Castillo)

Xaviera SimmonsIndex Four, Composition Four, 2013, Color photograph, 50 x 40 inches, edition of 3;  Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo


More on Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974, New York)

Xaviera Simmons's body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. She defines her studio practice, which is rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories-specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape-as cyclical rather than linear. In other words, Simmons is committed equally to the examination of different artistic modes and processes; for example, she may dedicate part of a year to photography, another part to performance, and other parts to installation, video, and sound works-keeping her practice in constant and consistent rotation, shift, and engagement. 

(text source: David Castillo)

Education: Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY, 2005. Maggie Flanigan Studio, 2-Year Actor Training Conservatory, New York, NY, 2005. BFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2004.

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(Image on top: Xaviera Simmons, Index Six, Composition One, 2013, Color photograph, 50 x 62 1/2 inches; Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/20/13

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