OPENING RECEPTION Friday November 8, 2019, 4pm-8pm
“ROUTINE MACHINE” An installation by George Simonds
The goal of this exhibition is to create a space that feels active, alive, and engages the viewer with its movement and sound. George Simonds started using found and recycled farm and factory materials while in college at SUNY Purchase. Using these materials allows him to be inspired by objects, and discover interesting ways to put them together. Thinking about art as problem solving led him to make kinetic sculptures that preform repetitive motions. The sounds of these sculptures are also important, and are enhanced with running water, bells, and musical instruments.
“In many ways, our lives and our bodies are a collection of cycles and routines and I think that helps people sympathize with the work. My sculptures make me think about the “function” of art which is a kind of paradox in my opinion. Fine art doesn’t really have any concrete purpose. It isn’t a vital part of life, and yet we find it so important and meaningful. I like to think about my sculptures in the same way. They are doing a job, but the job they are doing serves no purpose.”
George Simonds has recently shown at MagPie (Solo Show at SUNY Purchase College, 2018) and Work Machines (Brooklyn, NY, May 2019).