For over 30 years artist, U-M alum and Seattle resident Buster Simpson has engaged major infrastructure projects deploying an aesthetic embracing poetic utility in the public realm. Simpson works with the sites contextual resources, engages social actions, and sustainable opportuities. Humor and rich metaphors distinguish his work, with many of his deceptively simple sculptures offering social and ecological engagements and solutions to real problems.
Present commissions under way include, Anthropocene Beach, Seattle Waterfront, two mass transportation projects, and a Cogeneration plant, and two public art commissions.
Simpson, an artist active since the late 1960’s, has worked on major infrastructure and planning projects, sight specific sculptures, museum installations, and community interventions. Simpson received his MFA in 1969, and later, the Distinguished Alumni Award in Architecture and Design, at the University of Michigan. Simpson is a recipient of numerous awards, among them, NEA fellowships and the Americans for the Arts Public Art Award in 2009.
In 2013 the Frye Art Museum mounted a major retrospective of his work. In May of 2015 and 2016, Simpson conducted Rising Waters at the Robert Rauschenberg foundation on Captiva Island Florida.
Simpson has exhibited at The New Museum, MoMA PS1, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, Capp Street Project, International Glass Museum. Simpson’s work is included in numerous public commissions throughout North America.
See the two attachments for examples of Simpson’s work.