The sculpture itself is simplistic, appealing and oversized. A large fiberglass nose sits between red-rimmed frames encasing two reflective polycarbonate circles. The viewer sees themselves and the surrounding view as they study the enormity of it and ponder the message. Simmer has an impressive collection of sculptures created almost exclusively from discarded materials. Brightly colored dogs (some urinating; again that undercurrent of subversiveness) are fashioned from gas cylinders, roadrunners are created from bicycle gears, propane tanks, old rakes, metal hose and colorful reclaimed steel pieces. He combines oddities like the blade of a lawnmower with a child’s trike, or a shovel blade with wheels and old garden shears to create fanciful, intriguing works. Always, they are stylish, sleek and in some cases, somewhat menac-ing (Attack Bug, Devil Pig, Shovel Bird).
Simmer is a member of the executive board of ReVision, the collective of Vancouver-are artists devoted to creeating art from recycled materials. He has worked with fellow ReVision artists on a number of collaborative exhibitions and projects, two of which ultimately were part of the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Creative and multi-faceted, Simmer self-identifies as a "burner" , he also noted that, "As an artist you can't ever get complacent, and I certainly don't intend to."