MIAMI, FL- Local Artist Troy Simmons has immersed himself in his latest artwork, exploring the evolution of urbanism and nature’s persistence to coexist. A consistent theme, which echoes true to his intense fascination with nature and modern Brutalist Architecture.
Under the direction of JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, Simmons will showcase his new concrete work during a solo show at CONTEXT Miami Art Fair December 2nd-7th at booth #E75. He will also have several pieces on display at SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach.
massive, large-scale concrete canvases are a mix of acrylic paints and
raw materials. At first glance, the magnitude of his work is clearly
realized. Most of his pieces weight over 100 pounds. A rough and raw
relationship often described as a cataclysmic illustration of urbanism.
calls his work a “re-incarnation of the Arte Povera genre” where the
inclusion of simple natural elements, such as wood and soil takes an
integral part in the creation of the art. His intended goal is to create
a playful mix of the hard and soft, expressing the ideological
perceptions of binary relationships.
Rochi Llaneza, Former Executive Director of Hardcore Contemporary Art, curated his first show in Miami in 2009. She says, “Creating an algorithm of inspired imagery, Simmons’ connection to his ecological charged pieces is clearly reflected in his use of re-purposed materials.”
The inspiration behind his latest collection evolved after a recent trip to Germany. He spent time with his wife’s family exploring Baden-Württemberg in the southern part of the country. The postwar architecture is a fragmentation of Germany’s traditional heritage mixed with simple modern construction.
Simmons is a Resident Artist at the Bakehouse Artist Complex in Miami’s Wynwood Art District.