Elias Sime Remixes Tech Detritus in Stunning New Works

Currents 118: Elias Sime
© Elias Sime 2019, image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York

Elias Sime, Tightrope: Noiseless 4 (detail), 2019. Reclaimed electrical wires and components on panel. 109 x 122 1/2 in. Anderson Cooper Collection 2020.142

The Saint Louis Art Museum presents new work by Ethiopian artist Elias Sime in the 118th installment of the museum’s popular Currents contemporary art series. The free exhibition will be on view at the re-opened museum in Galleries 249 and 250 through January 31, 2021.

Sime (born 1968) creates large-scale modular artworks from discarded technological material such as electrical wires, circuit boards, motherboards and computer keys. Sime’s use of the detritus of technological progress touches on diverse themes ranging from environmentalism and globalization to the history of modern art. Sime sources these materials in his hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa.

Event Information
Start Date: July 31, 2020
End Date: January 31, 2021
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum

Currents 118: Elias Sime