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LA Monopoly

LA Monopoly, 2018 by Kristin Simmons is an original work of acrylic and mixed media on canvas. The piece is comprised of 48 x 60 inch canvas + (22) 8 x 6 inch tiles. This unique three-dimension piece is an LA version developed from her NY Monopoly piece and created specifically for her first Los Angeles solo exhibition “American Excess” shown at Denis Bloch Fine Art in Beverly Hills, 2018.

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.

Medium

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas

Year

2018

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed

Size 48 x 60 (in)
122 x 152 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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LA Monopoly, 2018 by Kristin Simmons is an original work of acrylic and mixed media on canvas. The piece is comprised of 48 x 60 inch canvas + (22) 8 x 6 inch tiles. This unique three-dimension piece is an LA version developed from her NY Monopoly piece and created specifically for her first Los Angeles solo exhibition “American Excess” shown at Denis Bloch Fine Art in Beverly Hills, 2018.

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.

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

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas

Year

2018

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed

Size 48 x 60 (in)
122 x 152 (cm)
Price Price on Request