Statement

I am an architect of worlds, using my preoccupation with my everyday thoughts as building blocks to construct sanctuaries of growth.

I use the process of drawing, painting, and sculpture to carve out portals to this world, where the object becomes the intermediary between the layer of memory that represents trauma, and an invented joy that is meant to subvert this pain.

The work becomes a compendium for a new visual language, carefully arranged to curate this space of healing.

Bio

Zack Simonson is interested in why he is interested, exploring this through the act of self-discovery and self-organization. His work exists at an intermediary between the real and the imagined, a space where play and invention become an act of meditation. His work has been shown at Pentimenti and Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, as well as Anna Zorina in New York. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, where he teaches and maintains an at home studio practice.

CV

Education

 

2017 – 2019            Master of Fine Arts,

                                      Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Philadelphia, PA

 

2011 – 2016             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

                                      University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Whitewater, WI

Group Exhibitions

2021                           The Fellowship of PAFA Annual Exhibition, Gross McCleaf,
                                       Philadelphia, PA

2021                           The Codex Project, Works on Paper,
                                       Philadelphia, PA
 

2020                          Zoom In, Spillway Collective,

                                       Philadelphia, PA

2020                          5 to Watch, Avery Galleries,
                                      Bryn Mawr, PA

2020                         Iconologies, Tiger Strikes Asteroid,

                                      Philadelphia, PA

2019                          Ad Astra Per Aspera, Wassaic Project,

                                      Wassaic, NY

2019                          Proximity, Anna Zorina Gallery

                                      New York, NY

2019                          It is Here, It is Now, I Am, Pentimenti Gallery,

                                      Philadelphia, PA

2019                          A Song of Colors, FMC Tower,

                                      Philadelphia, PA

2018                          Without Roots We Are Nothing, Esther Klein Gallery,

                                      Philadelphia, PA

2018                          Two Cents Some Change, School of the Fine Arts Gallery,

                                      Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Philadelphia, PA

 

2018                          A Place of Rest, Gallery 8

                                      Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Philadelphia, PA

 

2016                          Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Crossman Gallery

                                      University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

                                      Juror: Derrick Buisch

 

2015                          Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Crossman Gallery

                                      University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

                                      Juror: Nina Bednarski

2014                          Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Crossman Gallery

                                      University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

                                      Juror: Sara Krajewski

 

2013                          Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Crossman Gallery

                                      University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

                                      Juror: Colin Matthes