PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY PRESENTS “WARNING SIGNS” AN EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS BY ANDREW SMITH
MAY 7 TO JUNE 14, 2014
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
5:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to present WARNING SIGNS, an exhibition of new works by painter ANDREW SMITH. In his first solo exhibition with the gallery, the artist presents a new body of complex abstract oil and acrylic paintings on canvas.
Andrew Smith’s paintings are the result of an attempt to physically embody a line of communication that could be given by the language of movement. The parameters of this movement are oriented by the question of how to make a painting that can have an open dialogue with the representation of its subject matter. Central to this concern is the way in which a viewer could be involved in an active manner in the experience. In his work, Mr. Smith potentially constructs a metaphorical interface between the emotive and sensorial experience of mark making, and the manifold of significations that can be made by a viewer.
The paintings in WARNING SIGNS, are the result of trying to repeat a similar set of approaches in each work—to establish a scenario where the formal components can work together to push out on their own structure. They can be seen as metaphorical mechanisms of passage, propulsion, or capture, where the resultant stasis of movement can operate spatially as a total form that is at once turning into something and disintegrating.
The artist’s reasoning for attempting to make what he imagines as possible “warning signs” stems from his desire to make images that somehow “look like” some kind of naturally occurring interface. If a painting is the presentation of a potential forum for activation or involvement, Mr. Smith then reasons he is interested in the extent to which something can be felt and interpreted in the manner by which an individual experiences their own sense of space in relation to an image that gives the impression of being formed—so as to suggest directions from the act of looking. To the extent that this work shows itself as being made up of kinds of marks, these paintings attempt to organize themselves in such a way that speaks to the fragility of the attempt itself.
Andrew Smith has a BFA and MFA from the University of Ottawa. He has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery. His work can be found in private and public collections including RBC-DEXIA, Foreign Affairs, Canada, and the City of Ottawa public art collection.
IN OTHER GALLERY NEWS…
• PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY gratefully acknowledges the support of the CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS in the gallery’s presentation of the work of Quebec painter JENNIFER LEFORT at Volta New York from March 6 to 9, 2014. Last year, the Canada Council for the Arts invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. For more information: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/
• We are pleased to announce the gallery will be exhibiting at the international art fair VOLTA 10 BASEL during Art Basel week from June 16 to 21, 2014. VOLTA 10 is the renowned platform for presenting the vision of contemporary art galleries of global prestige whose artists represent new and relevant positions for curators and collectors alike. Conceived to bridge a gap between Basel's pre-existing fairs, VOLTA 10 showcases galleries that choose to work with the most exciting emerging artists. This year, to coincide with the fair’s tenth anniversary, VOLTA 10 returns to Markthalle, the domed landmark situated in the heart of the city on the Rhine. For more details: http://www.voltashow.com/
• JENNIFER LEFORT appears with 2014 Sobey Art Award Nominee DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN at Montréal’s OPTICA Centre for Contemporary Art from May 17 to June 28, 2014. Lefort et Pétrin se partagent la salle d’exposition pour y réaliser une œuvre exploratoire en tandem. Constatant leurs affinités pour le motif et la couleur dans leurs pratiques respectives, elles décident d’œuvrer à un projet in situ, un processus «ouvert» instaurant un dialogue entre elles. http://www.optica.ca/
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