Gary Smith's exhibition as part of Paint17 Artereal Gallery, opening November 1, 2017.
An installation work preoccupied with exploration, places not on the map, but rather moments that niche in the imagination, ideas of the wilderness of the soul, and the journey of life.
This installation is an immersion in reflection and an infinity of pathways. The gallery walls are mirror-skinned. A suspended maze—formed from barbed wire partitions and mirrored chambers— is a confounding and thorny puzzle. The maze form is a resonant symbol of journey, of turning inwards. However in this instance, the maze is not safe...
Artereal Gallery solo exhibition, 2015
Small installation at Glassworks
Curated in celebration of Reconciliation Week 2009, Mute Relics and Bedevilled Creatures featured the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists who re-interpreted the concept of the curio (curiosity) cabinet and histories of museum collection and display practices. The exhibition seeks to question the ‘muteness’ of these displays and the idea of memory in objects. An important sub-text of this project was the historical practice of collecting and displaying Indigenous artefacts and remains in curio cabinets and natural history museums.
Artists include: Julie Gough, Denise Higgins, Sam Leach, Brian McKinnon, Charlie O, Uncle Herb Patten, Kate Rohde, Gary Smith and Sharon West.
Curated by Sharon West, Edwina Bartlem and Brian McKinnon.
In industrial poetry: industrial pop Gary Smith moves beyond the poetic to embrace the graphic style, ‘fluoro’ colour palette, and second-hand imagery associated with the Pop Art movement. In this series, heavy wooden stanchions and rusted and polished steel are given new guises beneath off-register blocks of high-keyed colour, drop-out printing techniques, riffs of ‘neon’ and veils of saturated singing color.
al Khalã combines LED technology with an array of rotating, black mirrored mandalas to generate moving light traces or ‘dervishes’.
This installation is inspired by ideas of the void and preoccupations with divination, self knowledge and whirling meditation. It metaphorical preoccupations explore symbolic and cultural associations with darkness, science and metaphysics.