David Castillo presents In the dim light pressing deeply against each other: Xaviera Simmons’ seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. The show features a new body of text and color field paintings by the artist.
In a cinematic treatment of the sensual relationships between feeling, perception, and language, Simmons’ paintings evoke the pleasures of landscapes in their natural, manmade, and abstracted forms.
With words and short sentences crafted in fragments across their painted canvas surfaces, the artist works within histories of art, inverting tropes of the landscape genre and loosely referencing—in language, texture, and tone— works by canonical female abstract painters, to elicit comments on the social, cultural, and political terrains coded within its pictorial style. Simmons deconstructs this visual history and rewrites landscape beyond its idealization, making room for a treatment more in line with its unwritten realities.