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Shinique Smith

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Through Native Streets, 2011, Ink, acrylic, fabric and paper collage and found objects on canvas over wood panel, 60” x 48” x 6”. Collection of the artist.

Shinique Smith creates paintings, sculptures, assemblages and installations that draw from diverse inspirations, including fashion, graffiti, pop music, calligraphy, dance and poetry. The myriad, non-traditional art materials that she employs are equally wide-ranging, connecting to her own personal history and larger cultural narratives. In paintings such as Through Native Streets, acrylic and ink brushwork combines with artificial butterfly wings, fragments of used clothing and kitsch objects. Nature and material culture intersect in this work and in The Spark, a painting triptych created using bleach on denim. While she does not adhere to a specific religious practice, Smith’s interest in the mandala form stems from Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. The centrality of the images in both of these works suggests a focal point for meditative contemplation. Smith reframes naive childhood symbols in a way that resonates with universal concepts.

The works in this show were featured in Smith’s solo exhibition Shinique Smith: Bright Matter (2014), at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. She has had recent solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin, Germany; Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Smith earned a BFA and MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as an MAT from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.