february 18 – march 26, 2016
reception: thursday, february 18,
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present a show of the work of Howard Smith, his first at the gallery, called "micro...macro". The exhibit opens February 18th and runs through March 26th. There will be installations of small paintings as well as larger paintings and works on paper.
Howard Smith received his B.A. from Colorado College in 1965 and did graduate work in painting at Stanford University the following year. Since then he has lived in Colorado, Maine, Paris and New York. Since 1984, he has been based primarily in the Hudson River Valley, but still maintains a studio in New York City, where he also works.
Smith has taught extensively for more than 35 years, working at the University of Colorado, Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts, New York University and the College of Staten Island (CUNY), where he continues to teach painting.
Always an abstract painter, Smith was part of the Radical Painting movement in the 1980s, often showing with other members of that group during that period. Their last show together was at Williams College in 1984, an exhibit that had major repercussions in Europe. Since the 1990s, Smith has exhibited extensively in Europe - in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy, as well as in the US. This will be his 19th solo show and 5th in New York, his first here since 2008.
His work is represented in numerous public and private collections.
Howard Smith works with different materials - primarily oil paint, watercolor and ink - and uses these materials to explore several different visual realms. The work in one medium can look very different from the work in another and yet there is a connection between all of these bodies of work. There are constants within the work, particularly an interest in the brushstroke or mark as a fundamental and integral structural element.
Federico Sardella, in the preface to an interview with Smith stated: "At first glance the painting of Howard Smith might seem monochromatic, but this is not the case, even in the works where only one color is used. The surface is never saturated. There are zones in which the painter allows the canvas to state its presence, and the process of painting is revealed. The canvas is also a
color, it emerges from beneath the paint, establishing a quiet dialogue between the two.
The painting compels us to stop and reflect on the elements that allow the work to exist: framework, canvas and its weight, format and size, brush strokes and the way they are applied, construction and development, beginning and conclusion, fullness and emptiness, and so on, without ever being limited to this...."
A catalogue will accompany the show with an essay written by Dr. Petra Oelschlaegel.
The gallery is located at 529 West 20th St., 6th floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 - 6. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, February 18, from 6 - 8 PM.
For further information please contact Miles Manning at 212-463-9666.