Geoffrey Todd Smith continues the 2015 fall art season for Western Exhibitions with a solo show presenting an eclectic group of anecdotal abstract paintings. For the time being, Smith has set aside the fetishistic drawing style he has cultivated since 2001 in favor of equally rigorous and sumptuous, hand-painted surfaces with colors that alternate between glossy, acidic hues and delicate, feathery whispers of pastel tones. Some compositions continue Smith’s seemingly impenetrable optical fields, while other paintings give way to gentle open spaces as soothing respites from the relentless buzz. He distills the essence of personal visual experiences along with unreliable, fading memories of game show sets, a Grand Canyon postcard, the motion picture Tron, misinterpreted street signs, Rubik’s Cube, psychedelic posters, 80’s video games, recurring ocular migraines, nude pantyhose and a sculpture by studio mate and fellow Western Exhibitions artist Ben Stone.
The show will open on Saturday, October 24, with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm, and runs through December 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.