CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: August 23, 2002
UI MUSEUM OF ART SHOWS WORKS BY INNOVATIVE DIGITAL ARTIST JOHN SIMON
John F. Simon, Jr., an exhibition of 24 computer-based works, drawings,
and acrylic panels by the innovative and influential American artist, will
be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Sept. 7 through Oct.
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the installation of Channels,
a 116-foot long wall incorporating six large plasma screens that Simon created
for installation in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicines
new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MEBRF).
Simon will be on the UI campus several times during the completion and installation
of Channels, including an appearance at the UI Museum of Art for
the radio program Know the Score, broadcast live from the museum
at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Hosted by Joan Kjaer, Know the Score
is broadcast on UI radio station KSUI, 97.1 FM.
The Carver College of Medicine will host an event honoring the completed
artwork on Thursday, Oct. 10, in MEBRF. At 4 p.m. Simon will present an artists
talk in the Auditorium of the new building, followed by a reception to be
held in the area by the artwork.
Simon has been acclaimed as one of the most innovative figures in digital
art. A native of Louisiana, he learned to program while earning a masters
degree in earth and planetary science at Washington University in St. Louis.
He also holds a masters degree from the School of Visual Arts in New
York, where he later taught.
He became widely known in the relatively small world of online-software art
through his 1995 web-art piece Alter Stats -- Condition of the Web Observer,
which provided the site visitor with a real-time, statistical profile of those
accessing the site, including that visitor him- or herself. Around the same
time, he collaborated on several web-art projects, including works by Jenny
Holzer and Lawrence Weiner and the notorious Most Wanted Paintings
project of Kolmar and Melamid.
He has also had great success with software programs written for liquid-crystal
display panels, which have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American
Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. His works are in the
collections of the Whitney and Guggenheim museums, as well as the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday
and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking
lots west and north of the museum.
For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at