A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art
Shinique Smith’s vibrant collage work reflects on American consumer culture and the way in which cast off items can gain new aesthetic identities in an artistic context. Her references to calligraphy and graffiti stem from an interest in the permanence of this kind of mark-making. Smith is featured in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Shinique Smith composes her sculptures and installations from found objects and second-hand clothing tied together to form large cubes, bundles, and dense assemblages. Her creations reference a wide array of cultural and art historical themes, from Color Field Painting and other formal movements via the exuberantly colored clothing, to latent commentaries on recycling, materialism, and urban poverty. Her apparently spontaneous, cursive and looping paintings that accompany some of her installations at once point to graffiti and Eastern calligraphic traditions.
American, b. 1971, Baltimore, Maryland, based in Brooklyn, New York