In his exhibition Forcefields, Geoffrey Todd Smith deploys an array of colorful materials to create complex, vacillating spaces and surfaces. Within Smith’s intimate, fetishistic arrangements lurks a devotion to the challenges of abstract beauty and its ability to confound expectation and provoke desire. Smith searches, meanders and daydreams to find vibrant and colorful discoveries to entice the audience. Every composition is treated like a game with self-imposed rules and limitations regarding color and form. Though there is a grid present, its rigid structure and predictability operates as a foe to Smith’s often erratic and unplanned compositions. Each hard-fought painting results in a record of the struggle.
Geoffrey Todd Smith is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and has exhibited his art in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Chicago and beyond at the Hyde Park Art Center, DePaul Art Museum, Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Evanston Art Center, Rockford Art Museum, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, Printed Matter (NYC), State University of New York (Purchase, NY), Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), Muscarelle Museum (Williamsburg, CA), Seminal Projects (San Diego, CA), Synchronicity (Los Angeles, CA), and more. His work is collected by the Jager Collection (Amersterdam, Netherlands), South Bend Regional Art Museum (Indiana), Harper College (Palatine, IL), the Hallmark Collection (Kansas City, MO), and various private collections in North America and Europe.
Geoffrey Todd Smith received his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Northern Illinois University.