August: A Study

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August: A Study

Studio 21
3026 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica , CA 90405
August 12th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010

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Doni Silver Simons: "August: A Study"
Conversation with the Artist: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 7 - 9 pm
Performance Dates: August 12 - August 31, 2010 ; 8 am - 10 am Mon - Fri

Sherry Frumkin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and a performance  by Doni Silver Simons from August 6 to August 31, 2010. The paintings are ragged, primal, yet  elegant moments of exploration; the performance, “August: A Study,” marks the artist’s return to  solo performance work. The exhibition will be on view from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday starting on August 6; the performance will take place in the gallery weekdays from 8 to 10  a.m. starting on August 12, and ending on August 31. The gallery will be open to the public during  the early morning hours of the performance . There will be a conversation with the artist on  Wednesday August 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

In the new paintings, Silver Simons poses questions and confronts preconceptions regarding the  dissolution of time and materials. The characteristic markings of her work remain evident, but  concepts of unraveling are the primary focus of the artist’s consideration. While torn and raw in  appearance, the work retains Silver Simons’ conceptual refinement.

With “August: A Study,” Silver Simons embarks on a journey that is both an investigation of and a  response to the core essence of the month. In an otherwise spartan inner room of the gallery, a  thin platform rises ever so slightly above the floor. A freestanding canvas stands upright on the  stage. Silver Simons silently deconstructs the canvas by hand, cutting a wide swath into the taut  surface to begin the gradual evisceration of the fabric. Freed from their woven alignment, the  threads discover new paths, revealing alternative truths in space and time. During the flow of this  unraveling meditation, the artist inhabits the fullness of each moment, and engages in an intimate  conversation with August about August. Assumptions and expectations are revealed, and, much  like the threads, are relinquished.

On each performance day, Silver Simons will post a video on her website, on YouTube, and on Facebook The artist will also make a daily entry to her blog during the days of the performance.

Media Contact: Alexandra Pollyea 310/722-5826

DONI SILVER SIMONS is a painter, installation, and performance artist. Born in Springfield,  Massachusetts, Silver Simons received a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from the University  of Pittsburgh in 1971, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Wayne State  University, Detroit, in 1974. She was in the forefront of that city’s vibrant art scene with her  powerful solo and group work. In the late 1970s, Silver Simons relocated to Los Angeles and  participated in a number of seminal solo and group projects including Caesura III  (performance, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, 1978); 2nd Annual Downtown Artists  Exhibition/Six Downtown Sculptors, (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1979); Caesura (a  Study), (exhibition, University of California, Irvine, 1979); Doni Silver/Episodes (exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, 1980); and Contemporaries: 17 Artists (exhibition, Security Pacific  Bank, Los Angeles, 1980). Silver Simons’ recent solo exhibitions include Center Justified;  …lines… (Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, 2007, and 2009 respectively); Marked  (exhibition and performance, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, 2009), and the upcoming  exhibition at the Slutzky Art Gallery, Irvine, in 2011. Select group shows include Global Soul,  (Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2009); FRESH (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los  Angeles, 2009); It’s a Numbers Game: Doni Silver Simons in the Projects Room (The Loft at  Liz’s, Los Angeles, 2010); Incognito (Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, 2010); and  upcoming Memory and Transformation, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. A recipient  of numerous grants and commissions, Silver Simons’ work is in many private collections and  in the public collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts; the National Endowment of the Arts,  Washington D.C.; and the University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor. Silver Simons lives  and works in Los Angeles.