Wednesday, August 19, 6-9 PM
From Open Satellite:
“Founded in 1996 as a collective of four artists based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, SIMPARCH (a contraction of “simple” and “architecture”) creates architecturally-scaled work that offers an experimental and populist perspective on the built environment. Working primarily with new and salvaged construction materials, SIMPARCH questions form and function through installations that address (and employ) utility, history, narrative, and form.
SIMPARCH’s early work – such as Free Basin (2000), a functional, elevated skatebowl displayed (and skated on) in a half-dozen locations, including Deitch Projects in New York and Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany – adopted the mood and aesthetics of America’s counter- and nomadic cultures. SIMPARCH has since surveyed environmental and military-industrial concerns, focusing on the empirical and physical structures of authority – either by altering traditional frameworks or introducing independent solutions. Dirty Water Initiative (2005), for example, is a set of small-scale, solar-powered water distillers designed for, and eventually gifted to, individuals living in low or no infrastructure environments.
The two founding members, Steve Badgett and Matt Lynch, now based in Chicago and Cincinnati respectively, will be collaborating in Bellevue on the Open Satellite installation.”
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