Simon Frank

The image of a solitary windswept pine tree atop a rocky outcropping is one deeply rooted in the symbolism of Canadian culture and identity. Hamilton artist Simon Frank engages this iconography by  unexpectedly rendering it in the ubiquitous traffic pole and street signage of the urban landscape. Pine St. provocatively reimagines this natural icon, placing it at the tenuous intersection of urban infrastructure and the natural environment that continues to define us. In this way, it attempts to create a new visual depiction of the Canadian landscape - in a country where four out of five people now live in urban areas.

Simon Frank was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, but grew up in Dundas, Ontario. Since completing a degree in English in 1991, he has lived and worked in Hamilton. For over twenty years, Frank has utilized the natural environment as the source of both raw materials and inspiration for his continually evolving landscape-based art practice, and his ongoing investigation of the complex relationship between nature and culture. Frank has participated in exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Simon Frank acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Hamilton's Enrichment Fund Arts Program. With big thanks to Supercrawl, Traffic Hardware + Design, and RM Signs.

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