Persistence of Vision, a solo exhibition by Marcellin Simard in the spector ripps project space, will feature paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media installation. Transcending the barriers and constraints of daily reality, Simard conjures a hallucinatory and vertiginous world where nightmare fades to dream, children are warrior-saviors, and the fantastic is animated. Simard’s work treads a fine line of magic between peril and salvation.
Simard combines the people and situations of his waking life with deep subconscious explorations to create allegorical paintings. These contemporary fables are comprised of family and friends who weave stories alongside timeless icons: priestesses, demons, and warriors. His sculptures are the stuff of shadow and fantasy—a sinister black viper with gnashing teeth, a fifteen-foot monster dipping deep below the gallery floor, black crows that transform to white doves.
As described by CCA Director Lea Rekow: “I read this work as the phenomenology of what’s presenting itself in Marcellin’s life. Belief creates existence. The inner creates the outer…That’s one of the reasons the imagery in Marcellin’s work is so strong. His images are the language of not his ‘real’—but of his truth.” Marcellin Simard currently lives and works in Santa Fe, as an artist, practicing cardiologist, and father of three young children. Simard moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles, where, in addition to his careers as artist and physician, he took courses to received an MFA. Simard recently had a solo exhibition at Linda Durham Contemporary Art.
(Image: Marcellin Simard , Courtesy of the Artist and Center for Contemporary Art)