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Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black)

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Limited edition benefit print from Los Angeles based artist Gary Simmons featuring the artist’s iconic shooting stars, a multivalent symbol that conjures the ephemerality of dreams, hopes and desires.  

100% of sales proceeds will benefit Art to Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. 

Edition of 35 printed by Shoestring Press, each signed and numbered by the artist. Sold unframed.

Dedicated to doing more with less, Shoestring Press, founded by Lane Sell and located in Brooklyn, serves artists with printmaking studio space, master printer services, and community.

Details

  • Gary Simmons (b. 1964)
  • Black Ark Stars (Process Black)
  • Benefit Print for Earth Day
  • 2022
  • Lithograph and screenprint with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee on paper
  • Edition of 35 + 10 APs
  • 50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 inches
  • Sold unframed

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Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black)

Regular price
£1,550.00
Sale price
£1,550.00
Regular price
| INC. VAT

Lithograph and screenprint with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee on paper

Edition of 35

Printed by Shoestring Press

50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 inches

Films

Gary Simmons: Residue, Traces, Ghosts

For ‘Remembering Tomorrow,’ his first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, in Los Angeles, Simmons speaks about growing up a latch-key child, nurtured by afternoon television cartoon shows, learning early on the degree to which American popular culture and structural racism are inextricably intertwined.

“I don’t think environmentally conscious decisions need to be heavy-handed or polarizing. Small choices we make on a daily basis can effect change. That’s a place we can all start. We can’t just keep pushing the problem to the next generation and expect them to fix it.”

– Gary Simmons

About Gary Simmons and Star Iconography 

Throughout his 30-year career, Simmons has employed iconography to reveal depths of meaning, illuminating fundamental disconnects between images and the inherent messages they embody.  

The star, both widely admired and yet signifying dissonant meanings of loss, hope, dreams and sadness, is one of Simmons’ most used symbols, which he explores through a range of media. In this print, the stars are rendered in an inky black, opposite to the conventional sparkling white, a reference to Marcus Garvey and his Black Star Line steam ship company. The stars rest upon a custom, coffee-infused ink made specifically with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, a nod to the West Indies and connected to Simmons’ important sculptural installation ‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark’ (2014 – ongoing). This technical innovation allowed the artist to seamlessly transition his practice of using coffee as a material in original drawings to print.  

‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark’ was made in tribute to the godfather of dub Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s legendary studio, The Black Ark, and was created through the reuse of discarded materials: the sound system element of the sculpture is comprised of amalgamated materials sourced from the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With each iteration of the installation, the stage, covered in black stars, hosts performers, stars themselves.  

The site of numerous activations and performances throughout the duration of Simmons’ first exhibition with the gallery in Los Angeles, ‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark’ is on view through 22 May 2022.  

Register for the live programs and watch past performances, including a special performance by dance legend Savion Glover. Click here for Black Ark Programming

About the Artist

GARY SIMMONS

For over 30 years, Simmons’ multidisciplinary practice has probed American history to examine the pervasive nature of racist ideology and its manifestations in visual culture. Drawn from both personal and collective memory, his works address themes of race, identity, politics, and social inequality, and the ways in which these issues are both evident and concealed in the cultural landscape. Simmons draws from popular culture, music, vernacular, and cartoon imagery, specifically the racist characters of early animations.

Art to Acres: Supporting Rainforest Conservation

Hauser & Wirth is proud to support Art to Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. In partnership with environmental non-profit Global Wildlife Conservation, which has matched the donation, the gallery’s contribution will conserve 3,200 acres of cloud forest in Central America.

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