Gary Simmons

Shamrock, 2009

The work of Gary Simmons is essentially about memory and the way in which we attempt to reconstruct the past. According to the artist, “memory is fragmented and blurred through time”. Simmons’ work references historical issues of race as well as personal experiences. Central to his practice is the act of erasure. In his erasure drawings, Simmons often draws imagery from American popular culture and often creates works in white chalk on pigmented panels and wall installations which he then erases by smudging the images with his hand. This act of erasing only fragments of the images alludes to the unattainable abolishment of racial and cultural stereotyping from society’s consciousness.