KENT MICHAEL SMITH

  • Boundary, 2013
    Acrylic, glitter and resin on panel
    16 x 16 inches

  • growth, 2013
    Acrylic, watercolor, glitter and resin on panel
    14 x 14 inches

  • runner, 2013
    Acrylic, glitter, spray paint and resin on panel
    12 x 12 inches

  • plot, 2012
    Acrylic, resin and spray paint on panel
    40 x 40 inches

  • succor, 2012
    Acrylic, resin and spray paint on panel
    11.75 x 11.75 inches

Bio

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Artist Statement, 2013:

Composed of hovering masses of suspended geometric forms which produce both faux and literal shadows onto each other as well as onto the
autonomous backgrounds; these paintings thrive within a realm of
ambiguous representation. Likewise, the productions of the works are of
equal conflict. On one hand they attempt to prescribe to a historical notion
of painting that utilizes rendering properties of tinting and tone, while
simultaneously producing a colored flatness of cut-paper collage…all floating on top of an often organic background.

Clearly, a conflict is at play.

The tonal nature of the conflict that is taking place within these paintings, I
feel, is similar to the territorial passion that community members display
when something moves into their neighborhood that is seemingly unsavory, or unwelcome. Whether the new entity produces an end result that is of catastrophic Armageddon-like consequences, or somehow complementary to the ubiquitous status quo; it makes no difference. While it isn’t difficult to imagine these progressively intruding forms as symbols of development and urban sprawl, my desire is for the implied conflict to be the first, and lasting, impression.

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Gallery Exhibitions