Mark R. Smith | Vestibules and Portals
Laminates and Veneers Objects and Constructed Paintings
November 1 - December 29, 2012

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In Portals and Vestibules, Laminates and Veneers, Mark R. Smith undertakes a material exploration of found fabric, shapes and photo-based imagery that focuses on content suggestive of domestic intimacy—peripheral items from the collective memory which harness potentially transcendent power. Antique books, encyclopedic volumes, travel photos and the ubiquitous braided rugs which have followed the artist through life, serve as subject and source. Prop-like constructions and paintings, alternately spatial and flat, serve to define a ruminative space, which is matter-of-fact and metaphorical. Through labor-intensive combinations of plywood, printed fabric and membranous skins of paint, the artist points to the transformative aspects of both the working process and the inherent representational value of his visual and constructed forms.

Mark R. Smith received his BFA from The Cooper Union (New York, NY) and his MFA from Portland State University (Portland, OR). He has had solo exhibitions at the Office of the Governor (Salem, OR), Northview Gallery at Portland Community College (Portland, OR), Gallery Hlemmur (Reykjavik, Iceland), and the Art Gym at Marylhurst College (Lake Oswego, OR). Smith was included in The Oregon Biennial three times, and received the curator’s award in 1995 and 2001. He has also received many public commissions, including projects with Trimet, Providence Hospital, and the Port of Portland (all Portland, OR). Smith’s work is included in a number of public and private collections, including the American Embassy in Accra, Ghana; CityArts Inc. (New York, NY), King County Public Art Collection (Seattle WA),?Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR), and Nike Inc. (Beaverton, OR).

Exhibition Images

Emphatic Distance
Emphatic Distance
fabric, paint and digital printing on wood panel
59 x 70 inches

  Slumping Pavillion
Slumping Pavilion
fabric

  Museum Peripheral
Museum Peripheral
fabric, paint and digital printing on wood panel
59 x 70 inches

  Open Cameo with Stand
Open Cameo with Stand
fabric and plywood
73.5 x 48 x 25 inches

  End Table with Portraits_ Allison and Leslie_ THe Beatles(White Album)_ the Reverend Sun Myung Moon
End Table with Portraits: Allison and Leslie, THe Beatles(White Album), the Reverend Sun Myung Moon
fabric, paint and plywood
44 x 25 x 24 inches

  Domestics_ Spring and Fall
Domestics: Spring and Fall
fabric and plywood
20 x 14 inches

  Domestics_ Cool to Warm
Domestics: Cool to Warm
fabric and plywood
24 x 22 inches

  Domestics_ Butterscotch
Domestics: Butterscotch
fabric and plywood
18 x 13 inches

  Domestics_ Red Blue_ Blue Brown_ Brown Yellow
Domestics: Red Blue, Blue Brown, Brown Yellow
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
73 x 47 inches

  Domestics_ Orange_ Brown_ Yellow
Domestics: Orange, Brown, Yellow
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
73 x 47 inches

  Domestics_ Lavendar_ Pink_ Red_ Blue
Domestics: Lavendar, Pink, Red, Blue
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
77 x 45 inches

  Domestics_ Yellow_ Blue
Domestics: Yellow, Blue
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
47 x 42 inches

  Domestics_ Red_ White_ Black_ Blue
Domestics: Red, White, Black, Blue
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
41 x 35 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Dark Green)
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Dark Green)
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Cerulean)
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Cerulean)
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Red)
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Red)
acrylic on painted fleece on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Violet)
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Violet)
acrylic on painted fleece on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Light Gray)
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Light Gray)
acrylic on painted fleece on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches

  In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Dark Gray))
In the Course of Forming an Aggregate View (Dark Gray))
acrylic on painted fleece on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5 inches