FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rodney Smith Retrospective
For images and more information, contact:
Casey Hanrahan, Director Gilman Contemporary
(Sun Valley, Idaho—December 2015) Gilman Contemporary announces Rodney Smith – A 45-year Retrospective exhibition in conjunction with the pre-launch of his coffee-table book Rodney Smith: Photographs. The Retrospective will feature 20 works by Smith who will be in attendance at the opening night Tuesday, December 29th to sign copies of his book.
Rodney Smith’s photographs hang in personal and museum collections all over the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over the past 25 years, Smith has received 50+ awards including First Prize for his book “The End” from International Photography Awards (IPA). He has also received several Communication Arts and Photo District News (PDN) awards.
The success of his work lies in the fact that his photographs look as if they were born out of an earlier era. Forgoing the ease of modern digital methods, Smith uses film to create his subtly surreal images, full of classic gentlemen in suits, women in long gowns, and a distinct lack of stable physics. He relies upon his keen eye for bold shapes and subject placement, creating images that are captivating in their simplicity.
His photographs are familiar to many: silhouettes and skylines, a man in a hat, elegant women in elegant gardens. Rodney Smith, in the tradition of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, bridges the gap between commercial photography and art. In doing so, he speaks to both the world we live in and the world the artist craves.
His new book, Rodney Smith: Photographs, is a crafted collection writings and photographs that brings together selections from his celebrated blog and the pictures they illuminate. An equally adept writer as he is photographer, the book is a deeply personal window into the artists’ mind. (And it’s funny too.) From Smith’s experiences being left behind by his globetrotting parents to his discovery of the mystery that is French women, each biographical episode described by Smith—in a voice as insightful as his camera—adds a deeper level of meaning to his work.