Monument With Wheels
“Monument With Wheels”, 2012, wood, glass, paint, wheels, wire 82″X43″X14″
April 9, 2015 thru May 31, 2015
Opening Night Reception April 16th, 7-9pm
Artist’s Talk May 14th, 7-9pm
Openings Collective is pleased to announce its first solo sculptural exhibition by artist
This exhibition in the historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle is curated by Michael Berube.
Joe Smith is sometimes referred to as a Materialist, a person who finds materials and arranges them as art. That may describe a practice but is insufficient to describe his work. Sometimes this work clearly references a Modernist approach but then something is discovered and that label no longer applies. Smith manages to transform humble materials into something greater than the sum of their parts. The connection between these works is not obvious but unveils slowly as one moves among them. The differences between the materials become transcendent as the body of work takes on a poetic linkage and the experience of viewing becomes contemplative.
Smith’s works are designed to speak to one another from positions both near and distant within the space they inhabit. His compositions with mirrors are both stunning and provocative. They are not static reflections of the viewer but, due to the method of construction, form fragmented images that reflect the viewer and the world around them.
The result is both puzzling and profound. In contrast to the mirrors, other works are constructed of wood, aluminum, glass and domestic furniture. These works interact with a quiet strength yet are not without humor, which is subtle, surprising and current.
Smith’s contemporary perspective is evident here by juxtaposing these conventional and not conventional materials to generate complex ideas. But his work also transcends typical expectations of contemporary art by becoming quiet, contemplative and transformative.
Joe Smith earned his BA from the University of Louisville in 1977 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Joe has shown his work extensively throughout the Northeast, in California, Kentucky, and internationally in Italy. His work has been written about in many fine art publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, Art Forum, The Chicago Tribune and others. He is currently a full professor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and has been guest lecturer at many institutions including Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy, Marlboro College in Vermont, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA..
The Church of St. Paul is located on the corner of West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:15 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
Joe Smith: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~smithj/