Public Art - Gary Simmons

Studio in the Park PressInstallation Map 

With acute insight into subjects that address various stereotypes in history, race and pop culture, Simmons makes extraordinary works with simple materials. He is best known for his expansive erasure drawings, which are executed in white chalk on slate-painted walls. In Wishing Field, Simmons' interest lies in baseball fields, basketball courts, and other public spaces for pick up games that represent those spaces where players live out their dreams and desires, and in the ball field as a place to make and recapture memories. As players perform and interact with the space, memories are constructed; and when the field is empty of its players, viewers are left to reflections of the past. There is often a certain allusiveness and ambiguity to Simmons' works that ends up raising more questions than it answers.