Interview with Chris Smith by Alan Pocaro

The pains, joys, failures, challenges and accomplishments that I have experienced in the past, and my anxious anticipations of the future, each find a metaphorical place in the forms, palettes and textures that play out in my work. Purposefully exposing the layered history of my paintings, I instill the works with a complexity that mirrors that of a human experience. I aim for the tension and harmony that result from contrasting organic and geometric forms, neutral and saturated tones, smooth and rough surfaces to both stimulate the viewer’s emotional and cerebral capacities as well as express my own perceptions and experiences. My recent paintings reflect an interest in commingling my artistic practice with materials that recall our everyday professional interactions. Business cards and stock exchange trade tickets embedded in the paint bring formal structure and textural relief to the works, while also imbuing a direct, indexical link to the non-artistic rituals necessary to sustaining our livelihoods.

QuizásMañana2015acryliccollageandtransferonpanel9x11-m

Quizás Mañana, 2015, acrylic, collage and transfer on panel, 9″ x 11″

Untitled IM32 2014acrylic oilandcharcoalonpanel40x36-m

Untitled IM32, 2014, acrylic, oil and charcoal on panel, 40” x 36”

UntitledIM34 2014acrylicandcharcoalonpanel40x36-m

Untitled IM34, 2014, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 40″ x 36″

UntitledIM37 2015acryliccharcoalgraphiteandcollageonpanel20x16-m

Untitled IM37, 2015, acrylic, charcoal, graphite and collage on panel, 20” x 16”

UntitledIM38 2015acryliccharcoalandoiloncanvas40x36-m

Untitled IM38, 2015, acrylic, charcoal and oil on canvas, 40” x 36”

UntitledIM39 2015acryliccollageandtransferonpanel9x11-m

Untitled IM39, 2015, acrylic, collage and transfer on panel, 9″ x 11″

UntitledIM40 2015acryliccollageandtransferonpanel9x11-m

Untitled IM40, 2015, acrylic, collage and transfer on panel, 9″ x 11″

UntitledIM41 2015acryliccharcoalandoil on canvas40x36-m

Untitled IM41, 2015, acrylic, charcoal and oil on canvas, 40” x 36”

UntitledIM42 2015acryliccollageandtrasferonpanel20x16-m

Untitled IM42, 2015, acrylic, collage and transfer on panel, 20” x 16”

UntitledIM312014acryliccollageandcharcoalonpanel24x18-m

Untitled IM31, 2014, acrylic, collage and charcoal on panel, 24” x 18”