Playing with Art History and Paint, Josh Smith’s Latest Show Delights
A painter dedicated to conceptual abstraction, Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Titled “LÖWENBRÄU AREAL,” the show shows Smith riffing on the slap-dash style of early
Smith’s references aren’t always direct. While from afar the works at Galerie Eva Presenhuber call to mind the canvases of
Created with thick brushstrokes of red, black, and white, Smith’s squiggly lines and skewed geometries seem to also hint at elemental themes. Moons, trees, and stars come to mind, and such allusions lend a sense of balance to his works.
Always bold in his brushwork, Smith’s idiosyncratic touches act as a kind of bridge for the viewer to enter his compositions. Rhythmically spaced throughout the white cube gallery, works on view are arranged to direct the viewer’s attention to the nature of art installation, touching on how the way a work of art is presented can often play a role in how it is perceived.
Each work leaves the viewer with nothing to do but admire Smith’s deft ability with paint. Indeed, walking through the exhibition gives one the feeling of hearing a personal joke from a good friend—familiar, wicked, and always pleasing.
“LÖWENBRÄU AREAL” is on view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Aug.29–Nov. 7, 2015.
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