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Holy Profits: American Extender

Holy Profits: American Extender, 2017 by Kristin Simmons is an original silkscreen with foil. It is signed and dated in the lower right and numbered in the lower left.

Having grown up in New York City, Simmons draws major inspiration from her experience of a culture of excess. Her series explore themes of ownership by portraying the excessive and myopic outlook of Wall Street. Simmons appropriates and parodies the very industry and culture they represent.  This piece recalls the enduring themes of money, morality, and gender-biased culture.

The aesthetic of Simmons’s artwork is bold and bright and frankly, hard to miss. There is an underlying theme of contamination in her works— childhood contaminated by exposure, independence contaminated by pleasure, spiritual awareness contaminated by consumerism, and so on. In each series, viewers can find themselves facing an obstructed familiarity. The comfort of these daily commodities and notions are removed and replaced with a visual honest analysis of what tends to blindside the masses.

Medium

Original Silkscreen with Foil

Year

2017

Edition

AP 5

Signature

Signed, dated, numbered

Size 17.5 x 24.5 (in)
44.5 x 62 (cm)
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Holy Profits: American Extender, 2017 by Kristin Simmons is an original silkscreen with foil. It is signed and dated in the lower right and numbered in the lower left.

Having grown up in New York City, Simmons draws major inspiration from her experience of a culture of excess. Her series explore themes of ownership by portraying the excessive and myopic outlook of Wall Street. Simmons appropriates and parodies the very industry and culture they represent.  This piece recalls the enduring themes of money, morality, and gender-biased culture.

It’s in the name: Pop Art uses images from popular culture to challenge, critique and raise awareness of the trite and obtuse pits our culture tends to stumble into. While Pop Art has been around since the 50’s, it is still relevant today in its ‘power of perspective’ platform. Based in NYC, contemporary pop artist Kristin Simmons has observed culture in a city where it seems children grow up too fast and adults might not ever grow up at all.

The aesthetic of Simmons’s artwork is bold and bright and frankly, hard to miss. There is an underlying theme of contamination in her works— childhood contaminated by exposure, independence contaminated by pleasure, spiritual awareness contaminated by consumerism, and so on. In each series, viewers can find themselves facing an obstructed familiarity. The comfort of these daily commodities and notions are removed and replaced with a visual honest analysis of what tends to blindside the masses.

Each series tackles a different concept: Candyland and Life use Hasbro’s classic board games we all know and love to shake the foundation of innocence with corruption throughout the board. Queen Frostine becomes “Blow Queen,” holding a rolled dollar bill with the same cheery smile; Gloppy is now Slotty, a casino fixated brute.

Simmons’s new series, Egg-spensive is a display of faberge eggs aimed at targeting our culture’s view of fertility preservation as a status symbol. The aspect of faberge eggs plays a role due to its history— the eggs were typically made for members of the Russian Oligarchy as a [high] status symbol. Defining herself as a ‘Political Pop Artist,’ Simmons also targets this landscape. Her take on consumerism, capitalism and politics all come with a bit of satire accompanied by a punch in the gut of society.

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Medium

Original Silkscreen with Foil

Year

2017

Edition

AP 5

Signature

Signed, dated, numbered

Size 17.5 x 24.5 (in)
44.5 x 62 (cm)
Price Price on Request