W Chciago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
( scott at westernexhibitions dot com )
Wedensdays thru Saturdays
11am to 6pm
8 - October 6, 2007
Geoffrey Todd Smith Will Romance You When He Is Good And Ready!
Geoffrey Todd Smith's abstract drawings mix beauty and danger in equal
measure, enticing viewers into fields of beautiful psychedelic patterning
only to reveal wickedly spiked and thorny shapes. As viewers, we recall
the moments when we began asking questions like: Why are my parents
inspecting my Halloween candy? What was that high school boy in the
Ace Frehley t-shirt distributing on the playground if not stickers?
Influenced by nature documentaries on gorgeous carnivorous plants,
great white sharks and razor sharp coral reefs, these colorful and
trippy hand-made drawings are both seductive and threatening.
Smith uses a series of small geometric shapes to form fields of brightly
colored images drawn with gel pens on a variety of colored papers,
often including collaged elements or shapes painted in gouache. This
limited vocabulary of mark making presents a range of images that
evoke a mood of sentimentality for activities of his youth: jigsaw
puzzles, video games, sticker collections, and doodling as well as
his youthful fascination with simple geometry and one-point perspective.
A key drawing in the show, "Please Don't Lick the Pollock,"
was inspired by a story Geoffrey was told about a girl who had the
odd desire to lick a Jackson Pollock painting on a trip to a Washington
D.C. museum, a story that made him want to arouse a visceral response
to the viewing of his work. Hence, Geoffrey Todd Smith will reward
the patient viewer by turning them on!
In 2007 Geoffrey Todd Smith was included in "The
Uncertainty Principle: Drawing in the Golden Age of Worry" at
the Northern Illinois University Art Museum and in "Obsessive-Explosive"
at the Evanston Art Center in Illinois. Recent shows include a solo
at ButcherShopDogmatic in Chicago and group shows at Telephone Booth
in Kansas City, Mixture Contemporary in Houston and SUNY-Purchase
in New York Smith has work in the collections of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
in Kansas City, the South Bend Regional Art Museum and Harper College
in Illinois. He was featured in the April 2007 issue of
Chicago Magazine as one of Chicago's "rising stars
we should be collecting now" and his work has been written about
Smith lives and works in Chicago.