Ron Simmer works in the area of Vancouver, BC mainly with found materials, He searches for materials and objects that speak to him with the promise of sublime creations that will amaze, tickle, surprise or give pause to think. He enjoys the mental game of taking consumer discards and making the mundane and common into the unique and spectacular. Since we live in a world in which almost everything is commoditized, it is his challenge to repurpose consumer products into the unusual, diabolic, amazing and funny.
Ron recycles materials from our consumer culture to create fanciful commentary on modern society. He attempts to take people back to their childhood by creating large scale toys and colourful birds and animals. His art is created to be an interactive physical experience and often incorporates optical illusions, such as infinite mirrors.
Ron works with groups celebrating human creativity and spirituality, contributing art to local festivals and events. On occasion he joins forces in collaborative projects with technicians, designers and other artists to create large scale exhibits.
He has created public art projects for the annual Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition and the ReVision@Creekhouse Granville Island show in Vancouver.
Ron is on the executive committee of ReVision, the group of local Vancouver, BC area artists devoted to creating art from recycled materials. Ron’s inspiration comes from his background – commercial fisherman, steel fabricator, construction worker, boat builder – and his contact with nature through fly fishing, sea kayaking, sailing, skiing and hiking. He is an Emeritus Librarian (U. of British Columbia) and has a lifetime experience managing public and private sector information research teams.
He participates in local British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California State exhibitions such as the Lake Oswego Festival, El Paseo, Place des Arts, ReVision, Art in the Garden, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, the NorthWest Flower and Garden Show, the Harmony Arts Festival, and RE Store sponsored events and exhibitions in Bellingham and Seattle.
More details involving his art and activities may be found on his website at www.ronsimmer.com.