Hello, I'm Lee. Today I've had a digital rummage through some old pages, concluded most of the bits on this blog (done!) and decided to keep it open for whatever. Nice and specific. I'm an artist, therapist and recently climbing instructor. Sometimes these overlap, mainly with arts therapy and therapeutic climbing in clinical work. I like to keep my own artwork and recreation separate, though sometimes cross-over is good, which is where this blog might be useful.
Book launch & birthday party, 14th December 2017, 6-8pm
Westminster Reference Library WC2H 7HP
‘Three by Three' will launch at Westminster Reference Library during Lee Simmons’s birthday party / installation on 14th December, 6-8pm. Documentation from her projects will be exhibited in the space from 9th December, 2017.
This will be the last event at the library before it closes for refurbishment on the weekend. BYO beer and snacks.
Tom Richards will be our party DJ.
‘This collection of postcards is an attempt to communicate and log some of the installation art and social sculptures I have made over the last 17 years. These have often consisted of ephemeral paintings and performances in the landscape, documented photographically.
How do you archive a practice that paints on living canvases and constructs usually fleeting lived experiences? Who owns the work? The photographer, land owner, the painters?
Varied communities have contributed to the paintings, from Surrey firemen to Ibizan goats, with passers by, friends and family. Which element is the artwork - the documentation, event, concept?’ Lee Simmons
The first share of this collection of images will take place at Westminster Reference Library with one copy being added to the library archive system and another distributed to the exhibition guests, who will be offered to purchase one postcard for £1. The artwork is authenticated using a DNA tag, which logs the exchange.
Further launches will be held on mountains and cliffs during the library closure. www.lee-simmons.com/birthdayprojects
My paintings are often site-specific with living elements, incorporating a variety of landscapes. Psychological and environmental phenomena can inspire works and feed the conceptual thread that runs through my practice. Commissions and collaborations with external agendas, that I have worked on with other motivations, are always compatible with this, but might not be archived in my core body of work that has a narrative of it's own. Epic failures and seemingly insignificant pieces are sometimes included, whilst initiatives with clearer value, or a wider impact, aren't always referenced. In recent years the baseline has taken the form of a more traditional painting studio, that projects and works can spring to and from.
Work in progress is on this site, and the website lee-simmons.com gives a wider overview, from year 2000-2015. A purpose of this blog is to re-visit those often temporary and public works, working backwards through the years and logging processes whilst creating a collection of still images: leesimmons.blog/postcards
Paintings made behind closed doors are also being thought about and shared in a way that overlaps with the above, working forwards from 2011: leesimmons.blog/paintings This parallels how the line of enquiry has unfolded so far, and is perhaps more akin to looking through a photo album, than at an artist's portfolio.
Yesterday evening I had some quiet time in the studio, photographing paintings that will be included in NEW exhibition, some of them are below.
These from Rabee Kiwan. 1 - shoes - is 150x150 cm, 2 - Chair, 120x120cm, 3 and 4 - child are 50x50 cm, 5 - heads is 35x70 cm. Oil on canvas and some mixed media. These descriptions are not titles!
Below are two of Omar Ibrahim's, 1 - Horse and bird, is 20x20 cm ink on canvas, the woman and horse with bird is 50x70 cm, mixed media on canvas.
Two recent ones of my own follow, 1 - names, ink and acrylic paint on canvas, and 2 - mixing, is pigment and varnish on canvas. Both 30x30 cm.