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Residue, Traces, Ghosts

Gary Simmons on the visual vocabularies of racism | Film by HRDWRKER
18 Mar 2022

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. In painting, drawing and sculpture over three decades, his work has often stood as an anguished poetic struggle against the contradictions of the culture in which he was raised. ‘There’s no way to actually erase a stereotype,’ he says. ‘It’s always going to have some traces left behind … that fever violence to get rid of it is a futile experience, because you can’t get rid of it.’

Installation view, ’Gary Simmons. Remembering Tomorrow,’ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2022 © Gary Simmons. Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view, ’Gary Simmons. Remembering Tomorrow,’ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2022 © Gary Simmons. Photo: Jeff McLane

Gary Simmons’ ‘Remembering Tomorrow’ is on view through 22 May at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, spanning both North Galleries and the outdoor courtyard. His first exhibition with the gallery features new paintings, wall drawings, and sculpture, as well as the installation ‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark.’

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