Nathaniel Smyth: Character Studies
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios
April 14 through May 9, 2012
Smyth’s recent work uses appropriation to examine how our culture imagines its icons. As many as one hundred or more images are processed together mathematically into a single image, a kind of visual survey to uncover our idea of a generic archetype like a football star or a world leader, and to understand how we depict a figure that we’ve never seen. Smyth finds inspiration for his subjects in history, pop culture and the top-twenty lists made ubiquitous by the Internet, and he considers the resulting portraits as much a product of our culture as of his own hand.
The work in this exhibition is printed on aluminum to achieve a luminous quality reminiscent of both the glazing techniques of traditional oil painting and the computer monitors in use today, further emphasizing the source of the images used as raw material. This medium is archival, scratch resistant, waterproof, and highly durable, allowing for an immediacy that is unobtainable with glass and frames.
Smyth has degrees from Wright State University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He teaches art in Dayton, Ohio, where he and his wife are raising their twin children.
Meet Smyth during opening night for the exhibition Character Studies on Saturday, April 14th 7-10pm. Through May 9th at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S Tennessee in McKinney, Texas. Gallery Hours: Thu-Sat 11am-5pm, 2nd Saturday 11am-10pm, or by appointment. Saturday, April 14th is downtown McKinney’s all-day annual art event, Arts in Bloom. We will feature over 15 artists in our outdoor gallery during Arts in Bloom, Saturday, April 14th 10am-6pm. Free admission. 214.914.3630. www.lauramooreart.com
“What links all of Smyth’s work is this conviction that an image is never an end in itself, but an element in a stream of perception, that to see is always to accrete, to layer visual impulses together toward a greater construct, and that visualization and accumulation are inexorably intertwined.”
-Jim Yood, writer for Artforum and Aperture Magazines