Pictures in pieces
Anne Crump, San Francisco Examiner, September 2001
Italian-born artist Simo Neri likes to dissect ordinary objects, and put them together in unexpected ways. What results from her assembled images – of tree bark, sand, cloth, leaves – are kaleidoscopic mosaics that match the natural beauty of the subjects with a beauty of their own… The pieces in “Virtual Wood” hang from the ceiling to mimic labyrinthine forests that suggest the movement and presence of their natural subjects.
Photos show AIDS ’everyday warriors’
Dave Ford, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2001
Simo Neri is a photographer who likes to work big. Or at least tall. Indeed she has been working with an original technique the past four years that allows her to print multiple images in one continuous photographic print that is hung from a gallery’s ceiling.
“If I combine numerous strips, I can go as high and wide as I want to go,” she says. “It offers me a nice scale with which to work.” Her nine 14-by-8-foot “Panels of Hope” were commissioned by American Express and Macy’s in time for this years’ Macy’s Passport events here Sept. 11-13, then at Passport events in Los Angeles Sept. 21-22.
Neri says she worked with Macy’s personnel to devise the content of the strips, and settled on featuring people from agencies benefited by Passport.
The subjects were broken into three categories: long-term survivors, caregivers, and youth. Neri says she liked working with “ordinary people” battling extreme circumstances. Her working title for the panels was “Everyday Warriors”, although the exhibit was officially titled “Panels of Hope”. Neri photographed her subjects in the United States in April, then completed the project in Paris in May and June.
At their core, the panels feature multiple photographs of the subject. Those are surrounded by a multiple-photograph “frame” featuring elements of nature Neri says were intended to evoke both the categories and the people themselves…
The Italian-born Neri lived at the San Francisco artists’ collective Project Artaud for 15 years during the height of the AIDS epidemic before moving to Paris 12 years ago…
Neri says she hopes her work will touch people with a personal message that will reveal the beauty inherent in her subjects…
The Color Xerox Show
San Diego Magazine, 1979
In this exhibition, Neri used human models – dancers and performers – as segments of pattern that gained in effectiveness as distance from the piece was increased. Neri pointed out the infinite possibilities inherent in “repetition, image reversal, and variation of filters to create multiple patterns from a single original image…” Suddenly Xerox was transformed from a simple copy machine to one bringing the species new means of uniquely human self-expression.