Geoffrey Todd Smith relentlessly (and patiently) seeks to discover
beauty in his abstract painting/drawing hybrids amid the ceaseless
interruptions and distractions of daily life. Using a limited
vocabulary, he delineates a seemingly impenetrable field of optical
buzz and hiss. Beginning with a grid of painted dots, he adorns
his color fields in a “horror vaccui” fizz of zigzags
while directing the viewer through densely hand-drawn patterns
and painted elements that optically mix and integrate colors.
In each of Smith’s works, small painted dots and ellipses
become embedded in the structure of a grid or interfere with it,
depending on absorption or reflection of light, while also reinforcing
the rhythm and direction of the zigzags.
Smith has formatted the titles of the works in this show in the
style of status updates on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, social
networking sites that encourage users to provide indications of
their current mood, predicament or condition. Each title reflects
a self-involved, momentary declaration of Smith’s frame
of mind while making said work, rather than hinting at any sort
of narrative in the work. The titles present a range of emotions
including comical (LOL), excessively personal (TMI), vulgar (OMG)
and absurd (WTF!?), reinforcing the spirit in which each work
is made and placing them deeper within the context of the moment
in which they were produced. Examples include: “Geoffrey
Todd Smith is Turned on, Logged in and Burned Out”; “Geoffrey
Todd Smith is the Commander of Hugs and Kisses”; “Geoffrey
Todd Smith is a Slave to Beauty” and “Geoffrey Todd
Smith is Untitled”.
Geoffrey Todd Smith has shown recently at Seminal
Projects in San Diego, Main Gallery in Las Vegas, Fecal Face Dot
Gallery in San Francisco, the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago
and The Northern Illinois Art Museum in DeKalb and has been called
one of the "rising stars we should be collecting now"
by Chicago Magazine. His work is in the collections of Hallmark
Inc. in Kansas City, the Jager Collection in Amsterdam, the South
Bend Regional Art Museum in Indiana and Harper College in Illinois.
Geoffrey Todd Smith lives and works in and around the Chicagoland