JanKossen Contemporary, New York
Troy Simmons utilizes building materials such as concrete, wood, and aluminum to create works that blur the lines between painting, wall relief, and sculptural installation. These raw materials are combined with meticulously hand cut aluminum bars that create complex geometric shapes, patterns, and line work. Simmons' mix of acrylic paint and industrial grade polymers produce an explosion of colors birthed from mundane construction material. Simmons' background in environmental science and architecture was the catalyst for these unrestricted experiments that delve into color, materiality, and structure.
His newest body of work provokes curiosity exploring what is beneath the surface. He has an intense fascination with the Brutalist Architecture movement of the 1950’s, and concrete, color fields and organic abstract forms help express his thoughts and beliefs, serving as a narrator for his day to day experiences. The inspiration for this work is drawn from the evolution of our social structure and nature’s persistence to coexist. He explores social behavior, depression, relationships, aging and prosperity. His experience with these topics help fuel his passion to create art that tells his life story.