Our Denomination

COOPER COLE is pleased to present Our Denomination, a solo exhibition of the work of Fin Simonetti. This is the artist’s second exhibition at the gallery. An exhibition text by Hiji Nam follows.

In Albrecht Dürer’s 1506 painting, Madonna with the Siskin, the divine child holds an early form of pacifier, often a piece of linen wrapped around a balled core of sweet bread, meat, or seeds. Food as practice and ritual was crucial in Christian theology; after all, the eucharist was seen as the most direct way of encountering God. Four centuries on, the modern pacifiers would be patented and marketed as a “baby comforter.” No longer containing a kernel of sustenance, today its rubber teat is used to soothe infants in the absence of the mother.

For Fin Simonetti’s exhibition Our Denomination, the artist has recast this early transitional object, perverting the pacifier’s typically pliant head with the visceral hardness of stone. Continuing her earlier work for which she carved protective objects out of alabaster, the artist has swapped the handle of the coping device with the shackle of a steel padlock. If Simonetti previously used hand railings in lieu of traditional plinths for displaying her stone works, here, a stage of bleachers serves as the safety armature-cum-display for the stone pacifiers. Meanwhile, three inlaid rose windows overlook the scene, their scalloped lobes of trefoil and quatrefoil motifs variously adorned, too, with steeled security arches.

In medieval spirituality, breast milk symbolized transmuted blood, and the flesh of Christ was associated with Mary. Birthed into a world of dislocation and confronted with our original helplessness, we are compelled to transfer our attachments from the mother-environment to transitional objects, to seek nourishment and relief through rituals of connection and communion. Here, Simonetti marries the sacred and profane through her updated theology, a kind of contemporary devotional literature that encourages viewers to reflect on the search for that suspended moment, a déjà vu, an existential, uncanny memory of union.

Fin Simonetti (b.1985 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) works in sculpture and stained glass. Her work examines the entangled relationship between measures of control and desires for security. Simonetti uses imagery that is designed to tap into our visceral fears, and conceptually moves between rendering sculptural forms that represent both protection and vulnerability. The artist’s frequent use of stained glass references its history as a common trade amongst Italian immigrants in Canada, including the artist’s own family.  Simonetti received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2009 and has exhibited internationally at Esker Foundation, Calgary; Matthew Brown, Los Angeles; Company Gallery, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; CLEARING, Brooklyn; MoMA PS1, New York, among others. Her work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Cultured Magazine, and Canadian Art. This year she will be releasing her second album through Hausu Mountain, Chicago.  Simonetti is represented by Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada, and Matthew Brown, Los Angeles, USA. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Artworks

Fin Simonetti

Rose Window (Rossa Alicante)

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Rose Window (Rossa Alicante), 2022

Rosso Alicante marble, red onyx, Verias green marble, found barbershop posters

36 in. diameter

F.Simonetti0017

Fin Simonetti

Rose Window (Hardened)

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Rose Window (Hardened), 2022

Portoro marble, lock shackles

28 in. diameter

F.Simonetti0018

Fin Simonetti

Rose Window (Nano Protect)

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Rose Window (Nanon Protect), 2022

Rose Aurora marble, red onyx, lock shackles

28 in. diameter

F.Simonetti0019

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 15

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Pacifier 15, 2022

Portoro marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0033

3" X 3" X 5.5"
7.62cm X 7.62cm X 13.97cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 14

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Pacifier 14, 2022

Honeycomb calcite, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0032

3.25" X 3.75" X 5.75"
8.25cm X 9.52cm X 14.6cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 13

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Pacifier 13, 2022

Bianco Neve marble, Portuguese pink marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0031

1.75" X 3" X 4.25"
4.44cm X 7.62cm X 10.79cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 12

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Pacifier 12, 2022

Portoro marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0030

2.75" X 3.5" X 5"
6.98cm X 8.89cm X 12.7cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 11

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Pacifier 11, 2022

Portoro marble, Honeycomb calcite, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0029

3.25" X 3" X 5"
8.25cm X 7.62cm X 12.7cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 10

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Pacifier 10, 2022

Bianco Neve marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0034

3" X 3.5" X 5.25"
7.62cm X 8.89cm X 13.33cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 9

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Pacifier 9, 2022

Honeycomb calcite, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0028

2.5" X 3.5" X 4.5"
6.35cm X 8.89cm X 11.43cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 8

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Pacifier 8, 2022

Bianco Neve marble, Portuguese pink marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0027

2.25" X 3" X 3.75"
5.71cm X 7.62cm X 9.52cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 7

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Pacifier 7, 2022

Rosso Alicante marble, Portuguese pink marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0026

2.5" X 3.25" X 5"
6.35cm X 8.25cm X 12.7cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 6

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Pacifier 6, 2022

Portoro marble, Portuguese marble, lock shackle

Edition of 3, 2 AP

F.Simonetti0025

2.5" X 3.75" X 4.5"
6.35cm X 9.52cm X 11.43cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 5

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Pacifier 5, 2022

Rosso Alicante marble, Portuguese pink marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0024

3" X 3.5" X 5"
7.62cm X 8.89cm X 12.7cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 4

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Pacifier 4, 2022

Rosso Erica marble, Portuguese marble, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0023

3" X 3.25" X 3.5"
7.62cm X 8.25cm X 8.89cm

Fin Simonetti -Pacifier 3

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Pacifier 3, 2022

Rosso Alicante marble, Portuguese pink marble, lock shackle

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2" X 3.5" X 5"
5.08cm X 8.89cm X 12.7cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 2

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Pacifier 2, 2022

Honeycomb calcite, lock shackle

F.Simonetti0021

3" X 2.5" X 4.5"
7.62cm X 6.35cm X 11.43cm

Fin Simonetti

Pacifier 1

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Pacifier 1, 2022

Portoro marble, Honeycomb calcite, lock shackles

F.Simonetti0020

3" X 3.5" X 5"
7.62cm X 8.89cm X 12.7cm