Michael Smith “Fugitive Ground” — June 1-24, 2017
Opening Reception with Michael Smith Thursday, June 15 from 8-10pm
This is the fifth solo exhibition for Michael Smith at the Michael Gibson Gallery. Michael Smith’s landscape paintings investigate the relationship between image and abstraction. Interested in illusions of illuminated space, he explores how light can be both incidental and instrumental in painting. Using an expressive impasto, Smith creates a visual language that tells a history of moments where atmospheric conditions have made claims on particular places.
The new works included in “Fugitive Ground”, reference striking natural phenomena, namely, familiar places visited in England, forests in BC, local Quebec landscapes and 18th and 19th Century landscape painting. Apart from these elemental sources, innumerable studies are taken from collages, drawings and digital imagery. These studies are layered over each other creating paintings that are an amalgam of all of the places and sensations. The overlay, play and juxtaposition of source materials help to conflate different sites. From these, Smith re-invents a landscape from memory and experience and presents a fictional site.
Before, the paintings were immersive, where the viewer was taken on a journey into and through a landscape. Now, Smith is moving the perspective back, presenting a distance to the landscape, exploring different seasons, shifting light, atmospheres and enhancing the spirit inherent to each place.
View exhibition HERE