Gary Simmons: Post No Bills
London, 15 January - 20 February 2016
Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings, wall work and sculptures by New York based artist Gary Simmons, in his third solo show at the gallery. In his new body of work Simmons continues to excavate politics, music, race and class within American and British culture. Drawing on the DIY aesthetic of punk, dub and early hip hop music and the tradition of street fly-posting to promote gigs and events, Simmons’ rainbow saturated coloured paintings reveal traces of the long forgotten individual and collective creative voices that have informed and shaped contemporary culture. An important analogue communication device in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, fly-posters, along with fanzines and mix-tapes, contributed to creating local scenes and regional cultures. Battles and protests were played out in poster form, plastered in the dead of night one on top of another, building a visual diary of a...