Alexis Smith, ‘Board of Education’, ca. 2012, Honor Fraser

About Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith pioneered an approach to assemblage that combined objects scavenged at swap meets and thrift stores with movie posters, maps, other ephemera, and quotes from writers such as Raymond Chandler, Walt Whitman, and Jack Kerouac. Born and raised in Southern California, Smith considers herself a product of the entertainment industry, and at the age of 17 she changed her name from Patti-Anne to Alexis, to emulate the fading movie star of the same name. In her collages and installations, Smith creates alternative narratives around popular culture, and riffs off the nostalgia associated with the Hollywood of a bygone era and the mythological America. “I collect everywhere I go, and I like to work with everyday life forms as opposed to high-art forms,” Smith says. “Also, there is often an emotional poignancy to my work. It's uncynical. It's very of-the-world.”

American, b. 1949, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

Group Shows

Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure

Fair History on Artsy

Diane Villani Editions at IFPDA Print Fair 2014
Honor Fraser at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014
Honor Fraser at Expo Chicago