Born in Louisiana in 1963, John F. Simon Jr. currently lives and works in New York. He has an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts and additional degrees from Brown University in Providence, RI, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO. His work is found in prominent museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.
Born in Louisiana, 1963
Lives and works in New York
MFA, Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
MA, Earth and Planetary Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
BA, Art (Studio), BS, Geology, Brown University, Providence, RI
Trustees Award for an Emerging Artist, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Creative Capital new media grant
John F. Simon, Jr., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Innerhole, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Riverrun, Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy
Hybrid Media: John F. Simon, Jr. & Mathew Kluber, Faulconer Gallery,
Streaming Museum: The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon, Jr. and Eduardo Kac., Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Outside In: Ten Years of Software Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Color and Time, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain
Winds Across the Inner Sea, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
John F. Simon, Jr. & Mark Napier, Digital Art Museum, Berlin, Germany
Nonlinear Landscapes, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Stacks, Loops, and Intersections: Code Sketches by John F. Simon, Jr., University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
John F. Simon, Jr., Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Endless Victory, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
John F. Simon, Jr., SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
New Instructions, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
John F. Simon, Jr., University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Systematic Drawing: Janet Cohen and John F. Simon, Jr., The Aldrich Museum
of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Complicated Boundaries, a project of Creative Capital, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
ComplexCity, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
CPU, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
San Antonio Collects: Contemporary, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
The Experience Machine, Ikkan Art International, Singapore
Videosphere: A New Generation; The Albright Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Blink!; Denver Art Museum; Denver, CO
Experience Space, Gallery [DAM] Berlin, Germany
Time and Place; Kunsthalle Detroit, MI
01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA
The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon Jr. and Eduardo Kac., Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
The Incomplete, Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France
Small, Gallery Seomi, Seoul, South Korea
Traffic Art 2010, Sequence, Quebec, Canada
Digital Art @ Google: Data Poetics, The Project Room for New Media,
New York, NY
Outside In: Ten Years of Software Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
NETworking: Net Art from the Computer Fine Arts Collection, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
Holy Fire art of the digital age, iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels, Belgium
The Incomplete, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY
Ingenuity Festival, work Presented by MoCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Art Under Glass, Macy’s, Harold’s Square, New York, NY
Art Under Glass: The Synergy of Art and Fashion, Macy’s, Harold’s Square, New York, NY
[Grid < > Matrix], Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University,
St Louis, MO
All Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Techno/Sublime, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
ElectroScape, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Metamorfosis, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain
Paintings that Paint Themselves, or so it seems, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Seeing Double: Emulations in Theory and Practice, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MO, traveled to Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; University Museums, University of Richmond, VA
New York Show, Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas, LA
RuntimeArt, Mi2 Exhibition Space, Zagreb, Croatia
Digital Sublime – New Masters of the Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, curated by Jerry Saltz, Visual Arts Gallery, SVA, New York, NY
Flower Power, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France
ArtApparatus, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NY
Split, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Dirty Pixels Show, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand traveled to Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Art Futura Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
In the Making, CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Complexity, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
media_city seoul 2002, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Media Art Dae Jeon - New York: Special Effects, Dae Jeon Municipal Museum of Art, Dae Jeon, South Korea
Looking Back at Looking Forward: The Aldrich Museum's Emerging Artists Awards 1997- 2001,The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Digital Louisiana, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Math-Art/Art-Math, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
Optical Optimism, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
BitStreams, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Glee: Painting Now, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
Selections from the Permanent Collection, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Perfect 10: Ten Years in Soho, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Locating Drawing, Doug Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
TranspolyBlu, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
2000 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
An Art of Pure Form, works from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Glee: Painting Now, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
End Papers: 1890-1900 and 1990-2000, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
City of Lights: Art Walk, Boutique Caron, organized by Downtown Arts Projects, New York, NY
Años Luz, Centro de Arte La Recova, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Scanner, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA
Mapping, territory, connections, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
DEAF, Dutch Electronic Arts Festival sponsored by V2_Organisation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cyber Cypher Either End, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA
Formulations, Sandra Gering Gallery, group show with Sol LeWitt and Hanne Darboven, curated by Timothy Druckrey, New York, NY
Mac Classics Group Show, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
SPECIAL PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS
Mutual Core, Biophilia, a software project for Bjork
HD Traffic, various cities, US, Europe, Asia
Mobility Agents, artist’s book and cd published by Printed Matter, Inc., and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Channels, permanent installation, The College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2002 Business in the Arts Award, commissioned artwork, Business Committee for the Arts
Unfolding Object, Commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum for Guggenheim.org
WEB PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS
Beyond Interface, web site exhibition, juried show, Steve Deitz, chair
Color Balance, Robert J. Schiffler Foundation, web site installation, www.bobsart.com
Every Icon, Stadium Online Gallery, curated by Ron Wakkary, www.stadiumweb.com, New York
HOMEPORT, Leo Castelli Gallery, Palace Project with Lawrence Weiner and ada web, www.adaweb.com
Combinations, Sandra Gering Gallery, www.geringgallery.com, New York, NY
Words Link, Slate Magazine Gallery, www.slate.com
Space of Information – Archive Mapper, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Center, group show curated by Laura Trippi, www.adaweb.com/~dn/a, Canada
Saver, Java based web project with Cheryl Donegan, www.geringgallery.com
We Both Belong, web project with Ben Kinmont and ada web, www.adaweb.com
The Web’s Most Wanted Painting, Dia Center for the Arts, web project with Komar and Melamid
Alter Stats – Condition of the Web Observer, Sandra Gering Gallery, web project and installation of associated drawings, www.geringgallery.com, and New York; web project also installed at The Thing at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Jenny Holzer – Please Change Belief, web project with Jenny Holzer and ada web, www.adaweb.com
Line Drawings, The Thing Bulletin Board, online gallery, www.thing.net
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Print Collection of the New York Public Library, New York, NY
The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Robert J. Schiffler Foundation, Greenville, OH
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Zurich Capital Markets, New York, NY
SELECTED LECTURES, PANELS, RADIO
Art and Technology: Interviews with Sound and Video Artists, edition 3, www.wps1.org
Galerie Simonne Stern, panel discussion moderated by Lawrence Rinder, concurrent with Optical Optimism exhibition, 14 September, New Orleans, LA
SITE Santa Fe, conversation with James Crutchfield of the Santa Fe Institute, 24 August, Santa Fe, NM
SITE Santa Fe, gallery talk concurrent with solo exhibition, 22 June, Santa Fe, NM
Coding as Creative Writing, Guggenheim Museum, lecture, 15 May, New York, NY
Collecting the Uncollectable, Guggenheim Museum, panel discussion moderated by Jon Ippolito, 9 April, New York, NY
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: BOOKS
Diacono, Mario. John F. Simon, Jr.: Outside In. Ten years of Software Art. Collezione Maramotti. 2009. (Catalogue).
Sayre, Henry M., A World of Art, Pearson Education, New Jersey, 2004, p. 324
Lieser, Wolf, The World of Digital Art, h.f. ullmann, Berlin, 2010, p. 113, 140, 144, 146, 184, 267
Wilson, Stephen, Art + Science Now, Thames & Hudson Inc., New York, 2010, p. 166
American Visionaries, Selections From the Whitney Museum of American Art, Introduced by Maxwell L. Anderson, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2001, p283
Blais, Joline, and Ippolito, Jon, At The Edge of Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd, London 2006, p19
Tribe, Mark, Jana, Reena, New Media Art, Taschen GmbH, Koln, 2006, p 86 - 87
Maeda, John, Creative Code, Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1999, p46-47
Wands, Bruce, Art of the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson Ltd., New York, 2006 p 4, 29, 164, 170, 171
Rush, Michael, New Media in Late 20th-Century Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1999, p 193-194
Valery, Paul, Luis Brea, Jose, Dietz, Steve, la Conquista De La Ubicuidad, Centro Parraga, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2003, p 130-131
Stallabrass, Julian, Internet Art The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce, Tate Publishing, London, 2003, p135
Paul, Christiane, Digital Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 2003, p69
ed Mitchell, William J., Inouye, Alan S., Blumenthal, Marjory S., Beyond Productivity Information Technology, Innovation, and Creativity, National Academy Press, Washington D.D., 2003, National Research Council of the National Academies, p 38
Baumgartel,, Tilman, [net.art 2.0] New Materials Towards Net Art, Verlag Fur moderne Kunstg Nurnberg, der Autor und die Kunstlerlnnen, Germany, 2001, p96-105
Bild-Medium-Kunst, hrsg. von yvonne Spielmann und Gundolf Winter unter Miratbeit von Christian Spies. -- Munchen : Fink, 1999, p274-276, 284
GoTop, Digital Art Creation, E&T, 2006, p25, 168, 266
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: ARTICLES
Baumgartel, Tilman. “Art that does what it says: Interview with John F. Simon, Jr.” n.d.
Rizzo, Renato. “Il profeta della software art.” La Stampa – Torino, March 6, 2010.
Martini, Alberto Mattia. “John F. Simon, Jr.” Espoarte, June/July 2009.
Drake, Cathryn. “John F. Simon Jr.: Collezione Maramotti.” Artforum. Summer 2009.
Pasini, Francesca. “Il livello morale del collezionismo.” Linus, May 2009.
“Se l’art e software.” Il Carabiniere, May 2009.
Quaranta, Domenico. “John F. Simon, Jr.” Flash Art, May 2009.
Tanni, Valentina. “John F. Simon, Jr.” Exibart Onpaper, May/July 2009.
“La software art di John F. Simon alla Collezione Maramotti.” Arte e Critica, May 2009.
Bolelli, Lorella. “John Simon tra gli schermi.” Il Resto del Carlino, May 2009.
Bolleli, Lorella. “John Simon alla Collezione Maramotti.’ Il Resto del Carlino , May 2009
Angeli, Brunella. “A qualcuno piace caleidoscopico!”Domenicale, April 2009.
Castano, Maria Stella. “Sorpresa: il software ne fa di tutti I colori.” Anna, April 2009.
Bonami, Francesco. “Attenti alla software art.” Vanity Fair, March 2009.
“Collezione Maramotti: inaugura John Simon.” Mese Reggio, March 2009.
“The software art di John F. Simon.” L’Informazione di Reggio Emilia, March 2009.
Olson, Marisa. “The Nostradamus of New Media?” Rhizome. 16 March 2009.
Caines, Marcia. “’Outside In’ – Interview with John F. Simon Jr.” Cluster. 10 March 2009.
Luppi, Stefano. “Bit generation.” Il Giornale dell’Arte, March 2009.
Cavazzini, Giani. “Dipingere? Ci pens ail mouse.” Gazzetta de Parma, March 2009.
Ferrario, Rachele. “John Simon, I labirinti della Software art.” Corriere di Bologna, March 2009.
Pini, Francesca. “Tavolozza digitale.” Corriere della Sera Magazine, March 2009.
Papi, Giancarlo. “John F. Simon, immagini in movimento.” Avevenire, March 2009.
“Maramotti e John Simon.” Arte, March 2009.
Franci, Francesco. “Outside In/ Ten Years of Software Art.” Abitare. 23 February 2009.
Tagliabue, Cristina. “Contesti elettronici a chiare lettere.” Il Sole 24 Ore Nova, February 2009.
“Software come dipinti alla Colleczione Maramotti.” Il Giornale di Reggio, February 2009.
Princenthal, Nancy, “John Simon Jr. at Gering & López,” Art in America, p. 164. April 2008.
Pollack, Barbara, “John F. Simon Jr.: Winds Across the Inner Sea,” Time Out New York,
October 25, 2007.
“Goings On About Town: John F. Simon Jr.,” The New Yorker, October 23, 2007.
Greben, Deirdre Stein and John F. Simon Jr., “How Bloopers Become Breakthroughs,” ARTnews, p. 174. November 2006.
Kino, Carol, “Teaming With the Artists To Buoy the Bottom Line,” The New York Times, 29 March 2006.
Litt, Steven, “Digital show both new and familiar,” The Plain Dealer, 2 February 2006.
Tranberg, Dan, “Digital artist writes own code for endlessly changing images,” The Plain Dealer, February 2006.
Boxer, Sarah, “Web Works That Insist On Your Full Attention,” The New York Times, 28 June 2005.
Lambert, Emily, “Binary Art,” Forbes Magazine, p.210. 12 January 2004.
Yablonsky, Linda, “Art/Architecture; To Replace Paint and Page, Artists Try Pixel Power,”
The New York Times, 17 August 2003.
Pollack, Barbara, “John F. Simon Jr. at Sandra Gering,” Art in America, January 2003.
Berwick, Carly, “Net Gains,” ARTnews, December 2002.
Kenyon, John, “Wall-to-Wall Art,” Iowa City Gazette, p.1B, p.5B. 10 October 2002.
Smith, Roberta, “A Profusion of Painting,” The New York Times, 10 May 2002.
Nappi, Maureen A., “Language, Memory and Volition: Toward an Aesthetics of Computer Arts”,
Doctoral dissertation, 2002.
Mirapaul, Matthew, “Getting Tangible Dollars for an Intangible Creation”, The New York Times,
18 February 2002.
Simon, John F., Jr., “Smock (Off the Wall)”, artist’s project for Smock Magazine, Winter 2002.
Atkins, Robert, “True to His Code”, Artbyte, vol. 4, no. 2, p.39-43. July/August 2001.
Delson, Susan, “If Picasso Were a Programmer”, Forbes.com, 25 June 2001.
Pollack, Barbara, “Simon Sells”, Art & Auction, p.79 June 2001.
Rossbach, Janet B., “John F. Simon, Jr.: Computer Art as Fine Art”, Visual Arts Journal, Spring 2001.
Rosenbaum, Lee, “Tech Art: Boom or Bust?”, The Wall Street Journal, p.W146 April 2001.
Berwick, Carly, “The New New-Media Blitz”, ARTnews, pp.112-116. April 2001.
Kimmelman, Michael, “’BitStreams’ and ‘Data Dynamics’: Creativity, Digitally Remastered”,
The New York Times, p.E31. March 23, 2001.
Bodow, Steve, “The Whitney’s Digital Sampler”, New York Magazine, pp.72-77. March 26, 2001.
Jana, Reena, “Restoring the Sistine Website”, www.wired.com, March 22, 2001.
Anton, Saul, “Net Gains: A Roundtable on New-Media Art,” a roundtable led by Saul Anton, Artforum, pp.118-125. March 2001.
Sonkin, Rebecca, “Icons of the Small Screen”, ARTnews, p.50. March 2001.
Daniel, Jeff, “Digital exhibition taps into many media and traditions”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 11, 2001.
Breslin, Ramsay Bell, “Under the Digital Sun”, Eastbay Express, December 1, 2000.
Madoff, Steven Henry, “Is This the Museum of the Future?”, Talk Magazine, pp.132-37. March 2001.
Simon, John F., Jr., “Hot List,” Artforum, February 2001.
Rush, Michael, “New Media Rampant”, Art in America, p.43. July 2000.
Korotkin, Joyce, “Review: John F. Simon, Jr. at Sandra Gering”, The New York Art World, p.9. May 2000.
Pollock, Barbara, “On the Edge: Digital Evolution.”, ARTnews, p.142. April 2000.
Princenthal, Nancy, “John Tremblay and John F. Simon, Jr. at Sandra Gering”, Art in America, pp.154-55. April 2000.
Hamilton, Anita, “Clicking on the Canvas: A new exhibit of Net art is good, strange fun”, Time Magazine, p.129. April 10, 2000.
Miller-Keller, Andrea, “Varieties of Influence: Sol LeWitt and the Arts Community”, Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, p.76. 2000.
Kleiner, Carolyn, “What’s the Whitney’s newest new thing?”, US News & World Report, p.52. March 27,
Puente, Maria, “Pixel this: A museum exhibit with Web-only art”, USA Today, p.D1. March 23, 2000.
Jana, Reena, “Whitney Speaks: It Is Art”, Wired News Online, March 23, 2000. www.wirednews.com/news/culture/0.1284.35157-2.00.html.
Brandabur, Susan, “Internet Art Takes Off”, auctionwatch.com, March 17, 2000.
Weinbren, Grahame, “The PC is a Penguin,” essay in Bild-Medium-Kunst, pp.274-77. edited by Yvonne Spielman and Gundolf Winter, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, 1999.
Greene, Rachel, "eBay Watch", Artforum, p.53. November 1999.
Atkins, Robert, “State of the (On-line) Art,” Art in America, pp.89-95. April 1999.
Ippolito, Jon, “Cross Talk: Intellectual Property or Intellectual Polity?”, Artbyte, vol. 1, no. 3, p.19. August/September 1998.
Ippolito, Jon, “Given: The Universe. Shown: Every Artwork”, Deep Storage, exhibition catalogue from P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Prestel-Verlag, pp.160-62. Munich/New York, 1998.
Druckrey, Timothy, “Work and Display,” Artforum, p.18. November 1997.
Mirapaul, Matt, “In John Simon’s Work Everything is Possible,” The New York Times online, Arts Large Column, 17 April 1997.
Pollack, Barbara, “Collecting On-Line: A Leap of Faith,” ArtNews, p.65. March 1997.
Freyermuth, Von Gundolf S., “Kunst der Korperlosen,” Spiegel Special 3, pp.132-37. 1997.
Simon, John F. Jr., “Alter Stats,” Parachute Magazine, #85. January 1997.
“Arts Projects: “Alter Stats”,” Intelligent Agent, vol.1, no.5. September 1996.
Rosati, Pavia, “http://www.headline.net/art,” World Art, vol.4, pp.54-57. 1995.
Atkins, Robert, “The Art World & I Go On Line,” Art in America, p.58-65. December 1995.
Simon, John F. Jr., “Building Process,” Millennium Film Journal, No.27, pp.37-45. Winter 1994.
Simon, John F. Jr., “Are PC’s PC?,” 10.8 Magazine, Vol.2, No.2. 1991.