A fixture of Brooklyn’s queer scene, Lady Simon has dedicated his life to living—something we’ve all been taught to trade for lucrative careers in a quest to obtain socially “normal” existences. For the majority, true living competes with practicality and loses, especially in the big-ticket world of New York where bohemian lifestyles once fostered here have become entirely unrealistic.
Simon, however, burns at both ends, admirably rejecting normalcy to focus on his art. He’s a diehard romantic and true punk, which has inevitably made him not just a nightlife star, but a struggling nightlife star. This struggle, however, was the catalyst for Simon’s solo art show, Sculpture One, which centers on his experiences being homeless.
Staged inside Crown Heights’ RAM Gallery, 886 Pacific Street, the installation reflects on the past three years of Simon’s life, representing hardship and triumph. Curated by Michelle Yun, the show features impasto-textured paintings connected to white yarn that shoot to the ceiling, creating a fragile, barely-hanging chandelier that then falls into web-like, organic forms in dramatic bursts of color.
“The chaos of the sculpture is at times meticulously organized, jarringly tangled, weightlessly refined and robustly textured,” according to its press release. “The variety of these elements crescendo into a heavy feeling of hard-earned hopefulness. A home.”
Sculpture One is open Thursday, July 7 – Thursday, August 4. Opening and closing receptions will take place on both dates, featuring live performances by Lady Simon. More information is available, here.