ARTIST: David Smith
EXHIBITION DATE: November/December 2016
STYLE OF WORK: Abstract, minimalist, contemporary drawing
STUDIO LOCATION: St Michael’s, Bridport
I make abstract work, often minimalist and repetitive, that explores the patterns and processes of Nature and our landscape, especially the interplay between chaos and order. My aim is to gently challenge the viewer’s perceptions, to prompt you to question what is it we really see – or don’t see – when we look at the world around us or peer at an artwork.
I am increasingly interested in what is unseen, hidden, erased or yet to be revealed so it is no surprise that erasure and redaction have been a recurring theme in my work. My current series of work, which includes the “Rings” series on show at Sugar Cube Gallery, explores the notion that nothing is ever completely eradicated: barely perceptible traces of every action remain like DNA signatures capable of being read by those with the knowledge and technology. These traces affect what follows, whether we know it or not.
I trained as a sculptor and printmaker in the days when art schools still taught things like drawing and colour theory, but although in my career I used my artistic skills in design, graphics, websites and advertising, my own art often got rather neglected. In recent years I have returned to full-time art practice with a vengeance. I currently have work in the Wells Art Contemporary as well as the Black Swan Open, Frome, and will be part of the Quartz Festival exhibition, Taunton, in the run up to Christmas.