A thin line on the wall barely allows a ray of light to pierce through the other side. It is not wide enough to allow us to see clearly what lies beyond, but just enough to make us realize that there is something we have been ignoring and that the space in which we exist is not the only one. That small hole makes the solid wall that confined us in an apparent uniformity collapse. What is real?
Fisuras de la Materia, Smithe’s first solo show at Celaya Brothers Gallery, is about questioning our own perception and everything we believe to be true. The artist, following his distinguishable interest in the human condition, confronts us with madness. Each of the pieces that compose this exhibition is a graphic representation of a psychotic illness, where the patient suffers a breakdown and loses the sense of reality. The inner and outer worlds dilute, forming a distorted or a completely estranged one. We can experience delusions where the space duplicates (Reduplicative Paramnesia), faces became unrecognizable (Prosopagnosia) or the own body feels putrid (Cotard Syndrome). These disorders create small cracks in the mind that lead to planes that would otherwise remain latent; gaps through which the unknown materializes to be explored.
It is not a clinical analysis or a generalization; but more a possibility of other realities is taken as inspiration. Fisuras de la Materia is an artistic and unique interpretation oriented towards the other, empathic with ways of being where another body, another space and another time can be reached. With this, and through a radical alienation, Smithe challenges us to adequate our representations and to reconsider our interpretation of what is “normal”.