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Kyle Simon

Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, and by route of several cities I now live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Santiago Moix, Inka Essenghigh, Ghada Amer, Reza Farkondeh, Harry Partch, Henry Miller, Nicolai Tesla, James Ensor, Benvenuto Cellini, and Da Vinci. Storytellers and inventors.
When did you begin printmaking?
I started in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I worked in a printmaking studio. However, my wanderlust and my need for new skills led me to other shops throughout the country, and eventually to New York. I am very thankful that I acquired my knowledge of printmaking through true masters of the art.
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The characters themselves tend to come from a phrase or name that gets lodged in my head. Then I begin to obsessively draw these new figures. The more time I spend with them the more their characteristics, ambitions, and flaws begin to develop. — Kyle Simon
Your works are often narrative and there are characters that reappear in different pieces. Where are these stories from?
The characters themselves tend to come from a phrase or name that gets lodged in my head. Then I begin to obsessively draw these new figures. The more time I spend with them the more their characteristics, ambitions, and flaws begin to develop. I have many great collaborators, most notably Benjamin Folstein, and after countless discussions a world is formed around these characters. The stories themselves are the existential problems facing both men and women.
You often approach a story through different mediums (sculptural instruments, audio recordings, prints etc.). How do you feel about these parts being experienced separately rather than as a whole?
I create these stories in parts. To me each piece is embedded with its own life and story. A snapshot or a bit of ephemera from the character’s life. Each fragment stands alone, meanwhile it is part of a much larger picture. The use of different mediums relates well to the form of storytelling in that I am able to incorporate many of the senses; audio, visual, and kinetic.
What story or project are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new story. The saga of Jimmy Canal. A cowboy who lives by his own code, in a land where the only law is the gun…… This “story” will be told in DUMBO at Kunsthalle Galapagos in November.

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