Gate Pages :: October 05: John F. Simon, Jr.


John F. Simon, Jr. considers writing software to be a form of creative writing and uses programming language as an "activated extension" of written language. He uses his own software to create drawings on paper, plastic, and formica, and his software artwork is displayed on anything from wall-mounted LCD screens to cell phones. His artist's book and software drawing program Mobility Agents was co-published in October 05 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Printed Matter, Inc.

John Simon's work was featured in a solo museum exhibition at The Alexandria Museum of Art in his hometown of Alexandria, Louisiana, in October 2005. His work has been included in the Whitney Museum's 2000 Biennial and Bitstreams (2001), and he received the Aldrich Museum Trustee's Award for an Emerging Artist in the fall of 2000. His software panel works have been collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Masters degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.