Xaviera Simmons’ Monument On ViewAugust 15, 2020
Artist Xaviera Simmons’ monument, ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause,’ goes on view Saturday, August 15 as part of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition. ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause’ is composed of sculptural forms – each holding landscapes of text culled from historical documents that are foundational to centuries of racial caste construction and disenfranchisement in the United States. The works are on one hand a monument to systemic promises denied while also working to acknowledge the sustainability of the creative impulse. ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause’ offers access to some of the language of long-standing governmental policies that continue to shape the material conditions we live within presently. With this project, Simmons constructs forms new to her studio practice while embedding each work within historical context.