The Bossier Arts Council is excited to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Arthur Simone. His artwork will be on display in East Bank Gallery from May 2nd through June 1st with a reception on May 11th from 3-6pm.
Arthur Simone is an improvisational actor, abstract expressionist artist and advocate of the culture of spontaneity. His artwork has been shown at galleries such as Chicago's Echo Gallery and art festivals such as Around the Coyote and the East Austin Studio Tour. Arthur's artwork has been twice a nominated finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize. A graduate of Oberlin College and a veteran of the Chicago stage with Suspicious Clowns and Moving Dock Theatre, he is currently a co-founder of Austin's improv powerhouse ColdTowne, where he teaches sketch, improv, and acting. On the screen, Arthur has starred in Days of Delusion, Jigsaw, The Evil One, A&E's Faith of My Fathers, Big Momma's House 2, and has been featured on the series Friday Night Lights. Arthur won acclaim and praise for his original one-man show, Dear Frailty, including the designation as Best Actor in Austin from the Austin Chronicle, and recently shared in the Critic's Table designation of Best Ensemble for Rubber Repertory's Jubilee. In 2007, he won the O'Henry Pun-Off World Championships, Austin's regional Air Guitar Championship, and the Alamo Drafthouse's Air Sex World Championship.
"When we are born into this world, we are equal in the amounts of genetic memory stored in the body. As helpless infants we count on instinct to steer us towards sources of nourishment and protection, using hard-wired recognition of other humans to inform our reactions to hunger, cold, and danger. We start life seeking out connection to open eyes, smiles, and efforts to make contact. My wish is for the art viewer to be drawn into my work with the same fascination afforded to faces in knobby tree-trunks, shapes in the clouds, and the man in the moon. This rattling need for identification, this affective desire to empathize is a powerful common denominator, and it is that nature of participation that I aspire to induce in the viewer."
The East Bank Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council is committed to promoting art work of regional artists. It is located in BAC headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd. right off of I-20. You can visit the gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm or by appointment.