SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY, NEW YORK featuring Greg Smith
April 7 - May 28, 2016
Greg Smith: "Breakdown Lane" , 2013. A performance-based Video (11:20 min) in an endless loop at EYES ONLY.
"Smith drives his inspired Franken-car on the paved shoulder of a secondary highway near the Massachusetts / New York border. (..) While traveling, the vehicle self-destructs in unpredictable ways, such as catching on fire, surprising even the artist himself.
If the horizon holds the promise of something better in road trip films, for Smith it appears as a sort of mythic symbol repeated obsessively in drawings that permeate his work. Figuratively speaking, Smith drives down the similiar road as Jean Tinguely, who also had an Obsession with car culture and sculptures with the potential to self-destruct. What sets Smith apart is his utopian Vision, even if failure is inevitable. Here is where the journey becomes a metaphor for the unswering optimism that visits artists on good days as they relentlessly try to make work on their own Terms. ..)"
Sarah Goffstein in The Brooklyn Rail, July 15, 2014
GREG SMITH *1970
Hunter College, New York, MFA, 2005
Harvard University, Cambridge, Ph.D., 2000
Amherst College, Amherst, BA, 1993
Lives and Works in New York