Jason Sims - Beyond, 2013, photo via youtube.com

Jason Sims/ Jason Sims

Australia 1981

Installation, Sculpture

www.jasonsims.com.au

Jason Sims
Jason Sims
Male
Australia
1981
March 16, 2016

Natural human instinct is to explore, to define every experience and perception in his mind. Standing in the dark space rounded with colorful lighted illusional holes, the viewer is challenged to reconsider its own constructed world, desiring illusion to happen. Jason Sims’ light boxes and installations are entirely hand-made. He is constructing in wood, mirror, reflective glass, MDF and LED lights, presenting an endless expanse of infinite possibility. His aim is to create the perfect environment for the viewer’s contemplation.

Light boxes and installations are entirely hand-made

Jason Sims - Suspend III, 2010.
Jason Sims – Suspend III, 2010.

Infinity of Optical Illusions

He includes the mirrors in space, so that visitors, looking at them, can see themselves in a conjunction with sculptures and become part of it. All of his works shares the similar ideas, but at the same time, they are totally different. His multi-media artwork is using colorful lights and geometrical shapes to create optical illusions. Looked from the outside, Sims’ sculptures have strictly limited shapes, but their infinity is inside, extending beyond physical possibilities. Those objects seem weightless, floating on the walls, attracting views with theirs hidden lightning. The mirrors contribute to the entire impression of drawing force, making the possibility of different angles of observation.

Colorful lights and geometrical shapes are creating optical illusions

Jason Sims - From where I stand, 2015.
Jason Sims – From where I stand, 2015.

Minimalism, Modernism and Impressionism as Inspiration

Sims’ exhibition, titled From Where I Stand, was consisted of the works inspired by American minimalist Donald Judd, Australian modernist Frank Hinder, and French impressionist Camille Pissarro. Illusion continues to play the main role and the created space includes viewer as composite part of it. His physical experience is challenged with bright-colored lights which are opening new, different dimension. Since Sims graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia in 2000, he has had several solo exhibitions and numerous group shows throughout Australia and abroad, including Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He has been a finalist for the Tom Malone Prize for the past 3 years. His latest award is SALA Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize, for the most outstanding work in any medium.

Illusion of infinite hole

Jason Sims - Reflect II (detail), 2011.
Jason Sims – Reflect II (detail), 2011.

Cognition as a Result of Challenged Perception

Creating the illusion of infinite hole through the construction of a series of light boxes that reflect space upon itself, Jason Sims’ work prompt’s the viewer to wrestle with what he sees and knows. This Australian artist is interested in the ways in which people create meaning in their lives and how perception and choice directly impact our reality, exploring its meaning in our existence.

Jason Sims is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Jason Sims lives and works in South Australia.

Featured image: copy credits youtube.com
All artworks images © Jason Sims

YearExibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The Collections ProjectArt Gallery of South Australia, Adelaidesolo
2015Affordable Art Fair The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2015MARS Pop Up MARS Gallery, Melbournegroup
2015Tom Malone Prize 2015 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perthgroup
2014New Works MARS Gallery, Melbournesolo
2014Timelines MARS Gallery, Melbournesolo
2014City of Hobart Art Prize 2014 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobartgroup
2014Melbourne Art Fair MARS Gallery, Melbournegroup
2014Young Collectors Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaidegroup
2014Affordable Art Fair The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2013Beyond MARS Gallery, Melbournesolo
2013The Space Between Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaidesolo
2013Fragment The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kongsolo
2013Signal 8 Summer Show The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2013Affordable Art Fair The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2013Tom Malone Prize 2013 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perthgroup
2012Simulacra Sabbia Gallery, Sydneysolo
2012Nowhere Aeon Arts Syndicate Gallery, Sydneysolo
2012 Signal 8: STORM The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2012Tom Malone Prize 2012 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perthgroup
2011BlackBox Gaffa - Rocks Pop-up Gallery, Sydneysolo
2011Present in Absence AP Bond Aboriginal and Contemporary Art, Adelaidesolo
2011Winter Lights Kirra Gallery, Melbournegroup
2011 Refraction Gaffa Gallery, Sydneygroup
2010SuspendGallery 139, Adelaidesolo
2010 SafARI First Draft Gallery, Sydneygroup
2009TransitiveAdelaide Arcade, SALA Festival solo
2007Graduate ExhibitionHelpmann Academy Graduate Exhibitiongroup
2006Graduate Exhibition SASA Gallery University of South Australiagroup