Ross Simonini: Refrains
January 22 - February 27Free
Refrains is Ross Simonini’s first solo exhibition in the United States. The show features five of his Refrains painting series, which are created by repeatedly writing a single phase to construct an image. Each painting is a phrase. Every mark forms a letter. In this way, the show is a marriage of Simonini’s work as a writer and painter.
With the opening of the exhibition, Simonini will release the first album from his solo musical project ROOS, which is also titled Refrains. ROOS uses a parallel musical technique to the artwork, employing repetitive chants to create secular praise songs. The exhibition’s closing will coincide with the debut of a new music video collaboration with the artist, Rafael Delacruz.
Ross Simonini lives in California, splitting his time between Northern California and Los Angeles. He has exhibited at Shoot the Lobster (Luxembourg), Sharjah Biennial 13, Human Resources (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), Anonymous Gallery (Mexico), Fredericks and Freiser (New York), and elsewhere. Simonini’s first novel, The Book of Formation was published by Melville House Books and he contributes monthly dialogues to ArtReview and The Believer. He currently hosts the podcast Subject Object Verb and teaches cross-genre courses in Columbia University’s graduate department.