Gary Simmons: Black Ark Stars (Process Black)
Limited edition benefit print from Los Angeles based artist Gary Simmons featuring the artist’s iconic shooting stars, a multivalent symbol that conjures the ephemerality of dreams, hopes and desires.
100% of sales proceeds will benefit Art to Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. Edition of 35 printed by Shoestring Press, each signed and numbered by the artist. Sold unframed. Dedicated to doing more with less, Shoestring Press, founded by Lane Sell and located in Brooklyn, serves artists with printmaking studio space, master printer services, and community.
- Gary Simmons (b. 1964)
- Black Ark Stars (Process Black)
- Benefit Print for Earth Day
- Lithograph and screenprint with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee on paper
- Edition of 35 + 10 APs
- 50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 inches
- Sold unframed
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Gary Simmons and Star Iconography
The star, both widely admired and yet signifying dissonant meanings of loss, hope, dreams and sadness, is one of Simmons’ most used symbols, which he explores through a range of media. In this print, the stars are rendered in an inky black, opposite to the conventional sparkling white, a reference to Marcus Garvey and his Black Star Line steam ship company. The stars rest upon a custom, coffee-infused ink made specifically with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, a nod to the West Indies and connected to Simmons’ important sculptural installation ‘Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark’ (2014 – ongoing).