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Saturday, June 10 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Archive of Digital Portraits Cast in Concrete

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I am a queer and anxious artist, researcher, storyteller, and technician working in as many mediums as will have me.

This exhibition will feature concrete sculptures. Each sculpture is composed of a piece of discarded technology (sourced from people in my life) cast in concrete, then uncovered through hammering and chiseling. These sculptures are portraits of the person that owned and used the piece of technology. I can display anywhere between 1 - 11 sculptures. I am also available for a performance where I make one of these sculptures in real time.

Archive of Digital Portraits Cast in Concrete has emerged out of my current pedagogy and research-driven practice where I have been exploring themes of technology, queerness, anxiety, pain and labor. This show is both informed and bound by my severe anxiety disorder, chronic pain and migraines. While working, I often need to move both quickly and carefully, in a race against time before my body shuts down. My research process is often overly laborious: collecting soft and hard data; reading and researching; teaching and discussing; making and endless iterating. The physical process of making these works mimics the daily pain of working and labor: warping, distorting, grinding and wearing down. This series of pieces is both critical of, and dependent on technology, mirroring the ways technology can be a solution to my chronic pain, and the source of the pain itself.

https://www.blairsimmons.com/portraits

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Blair Simmons

adjunct faculty and staff, NYU


Saturday June 10, 2023 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
East 212