Jessica Simmons

30.07.14 20.08.14

The works produced by Jessica Simmons during her ‘acePIRAR residency were exhibited in the ‘aceNITE Traces that took place in the Fundación ‘ace. By making use of different materials found in the the city and techniques developed inside the workshop, the artist put together a series of pieces that explore with hazard/chance, traces and the translation processes that take place when one interacts with new surroundings.


The body of work I have produced at ‘ace stems from my interest in both the formal and indexical qualities of a “found” mark – from the indiscriminate scratches and scars found on exterior walls to the haphazard stains and scuffs on the floor. I’m interested in how the accumulation of these marks can function as forensic indices to the physical history of their own making.

Combining methods of drawing, photography, and printmaking, I have used the accumulated marks, fragments, traces, lines and urban scars from my surrounding physical environment – the city of Buenos Aires – as material for my own investigations into mark-making.

This series, entitled Vestiges, engages in a translative process with the city’s own material and phenomenological history.  The word vestige bears a direct relation to the works’ material backbones. Defined as both a nearly-absent trace and a functionless bodily appendage, a vestige is dually connected with and disembodied from its original context. The prints’ and drawings’ originating marks are vestigial – both dislocated and dismembered, present and absent. Only vestiges remain.

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Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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