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Notions of Public: Art by M. Simon Levin

An installation view of CHARTAn installation view of CHART

M. Simon Levin’s artworks are often interactive and site-specific in nature. Using varying media and materials, the artist seeks out notions of public space, creating his artworks with the help of many participants over a period of time.

A photograph of Whispering VolumesWhispering Volumes (installation view)


Simon’s body of work tends to evolve around seemingly contemporary concerns and ideologies, like the sharing of images online in 2008 project Glocal, or the public relationship to fresh water and river systems, as in 2003’s CHART. Sometimes, the works are specific to Simon’s own west coast Canadian locale, and other times the ideas represented are relevant on a global scale. I enjoy the level of versatility in Simon’s portfolio, and the way that the artist seems to begin with a concept before anything concrete materializes, allowing him to select the medium that best conveys the idea.

A screen capture of M. Simon Levin's art


As discussed in our previous feature, many of Simon’s works are academic explorations of the ideas presented therein. The artist doesn’t purport to have answers to the questions he raises – leaving audiences to formulate their own hypotheses.

An interior photograph of the installation code.labcode.lab (installation view)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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