Thames-Side Studios-based L. A. Simmons’ art practice is rooted in painting, but crosses over with sculpture, live art, photography and writing. Through these primarily visual tools, subjects are explored, questions asked, and stories shared. For Our fingertips are made of stardust, Lee Simmons has invited Thames-Side Studios-based The Reach, South London’s largest climbing wall, and The Arch Climbing Wall, and their associated climbing instructors to create a performative installation within the gallery using climbing holds and paint pigment.
Simmons will then turn the rest of the gallery into an extension of her studio, with designated ‘zones’ concentrating on differing areas of her practice. This will include recent paintings and related materials, with an area for book making Polaris - seven years painting.
For the opening event The Yoga Space London will hold a free class with a responsive DJ set from Justin Quirk of NO UFO's.
L.A. Simmons thanks The Reach for their help with this exhibition, and The Yoga Space London for supporting the opening event on 8th September.
About the artist:
L.A.Simmons has been working in varied contexts with paint, people and animals since graduating from a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Moore’s University in Liverpool (Fine Art), later studying Masters degrees at Chelsea College of Art and Design (Environment / Public Realm) and Goldsmiths University of London (Psychological / Social).
Simmons gives photographic images from installations and spectacles a similar function to postcards or family photographs: snapshots log and share that which would otherwise exist only through lived experience. This was her intention in some early works as an end in itself – the making of artworks created anchors to moments in time and space. Later pieces relate more directly to the sociopolitical context that they take place in or are motivated by.
Long term work with marginalised groups, and urban-rural fringe environments, has influenced psychological, social, and environmental considerations within Simmons’s projects, installation art and painting. Documentation of her artworks form a legacy, for exhibition and archival purposes; photographs are from live art and physical creations, the artwork is not made digitally.
This exhibition is made almost entirely from recycled materials. Thanks to Arch Climbing, Castle Climbing Centre and The Reach for donating disused holds and Emafyl Robobond for their repurposed wood.
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