John Simon "Moment of Expansion" 2014
HDU, Trupan, Metal and Plastic Laminates, Flashe Paint, Charcoal
108" x 192" x 3"
John Simon is a pioneer in the field of new media art who has created significant benchmark artworks, works with LCD screens and computer programming. In the 1990s, Simon began writing digital software to create visual imagery. His screen works display abstractions that vary infinitely due to random sequencing. The visual elements of each piece are generated in real time by his software. He currently lives and works in New York.
More recently, Simon has made a series of large-scale compositions that incorporate laser-cut Formica and LCD screens with perpetually changing software. Each LCD screen is housed in cabinet-like structure made from Formica, which is also created by Simon’s coding. In addition to his screen work, Simon is also known for his Formica cutouts, drawings on paper and digital projections of his custom software.
Simon holds degrees in Art Studio and Geology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, (1985), a Master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (1987), and a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York (1989).
His work is found in prominent museum collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Phillips Collection, Washinton, D.C., University of Iowa Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Among his solo shows, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain. the Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Simon's HD Traffic video was part of the exhibition "The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon Jr. and Eduardo Kac" at the Chelsea Art Museum.