'Rhythm Sequence' is the first career survey of Australian artist Gemma Smith. The exhibition traces the development of Smith’s practice since 2003 and its experimentation with the language of painting. It celebrates Smith’s reworking of abstract codes and styles, as well as the testing of colour and form, pictorial depth and formal and improvised gestures.
'Rhythm Sequence' features more than 50 works, including a collection of Smith’s early paintings depicting crystalline forms and geometric compositions on chessboards; sculptural ‘boulders’ and ‘adaptables’ where colours are reconfigured and interact; hard edge and gestural works that explore the blocking, translucency and opacity of paints; and Smith’s most recent works in which colour is barely perceptible. Rather than reflect a chronology, the exhibition is sequenced to emphasise an enduring interest in the act of painting itself, with the arrangement of small boards and large canvases reflecting the physicality and the intimacy of studio work.
Curator: José Da Silva
The exhibition travels to QUT Art Museum, Brisbane from 17 August – 27 October and is accompanied by the monograph Found Ground 2018, published by Formist.
WHEN: 15 MARCH - 1 JUNE 2019
WHERE: UNSW GALLERIES
ADDRESS: CNR OF OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
HOURS: TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM. CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Gemma Smith, Furill 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 138.5 x 118.5cm. Image courtesy: the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery