Artist’s Talk: John F. Simon Jr.

Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic introduces John F. Simon Jr. who presents an artist's talk in the galleries, October 17, 2013. Photos: Sue Ahn

Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic introduces John F. Simon Jr. who presents an artist’s talk in the galleries about his Intersections installation Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession, October 17, 2013. Photos: Sue Ahn

Simon’s works will be on display through February 9, 2014. Did you miss his artist’s perspective? Read how the Phillips’s stairwell influenced the border of Simon’s work, Moment of Release.

Panorama of John F. Simon Jr.'s works in the Phillips stairwell

Panoramic installation view of Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession. Photo: Amy Wike

John F. Simon Jr. Works the Details

John F. Simon Jr.

Clockwise from top: John F. Simon Jr., Moment of Release, 2013; detail; carved wood screening below house stairs. Photos: Patti Favero

I’ve been at the Phillips for nine years, and until John F. Simon Jr.’s current installation in the stairwell of the Phillips mansion, I never noticed the beautiful decorative woodwork beneath the staircase.  Simon uses the same decorative pattern in Moment of Release, a work created specifically for the installation.  I asked Mr. Simon about it and learned he was very taken with the staircase decoration and purposefully referenced it in his work.

Come tonight, October 17, to hear John F. Simon Jr. give an Artist’s Perspective talk in front of the works at 6:30 pm. The talk is free with admission.

Postcard from Mallorca: Inside the Home and Studio of Bernardi Roig

Greetings from Binissalem, Mallorca!

2014 Intersections artist Bernardi Roig and Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic in the artist's studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

2014 Intersections artist Bernardi Roig and Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic in the artist’s studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

A few weeks ago, I visited Bernardi Roig’s studio (a former wine cellar) and home, both from the 16th century. This was in preparation for his elaborate Intersections project scheduled for the fall of 2014, when we’ll have his works dispersed throughout the Phillips and outside the building. I took some photos of the artist in his studio and of his beautiful home for your viewing pleasure and to give you a sneak peek as to what you can expect from his 2014 exhibition. The artist promised to send homemade wine form Mallorca for his opening, so watch for the event in November 2014!

Saludos and hasta pronto!

Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art

Bernardi Roig's studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

Bernardi Roig’s studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

Roig creates a drawing using a hand-made implement to steady his hand during the elaborate sketching.

Roig creates a drawing using a homemade implement to steady his hand. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

The foyer of Roig's home, with one of the artist's sculptures displayed on the right. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

The foyer of Roig’s home, with one of the artist’s sculptures displayed on the right. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic