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Joshua West Smith
Sylvania North View Gallery
Every Truth Blocks Another
February 20 to March 30, 2018
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Tuesday, February 20, 2-5 PM
Closing Reception: Friday, March 30, 6-8 PM
Southern California-based artist Joshua West Smith will be exhibiting a series of recent photographs and sculptures. The suite of photographs explore nature, beauty, harshness and sympathetic alien bodies. Included sculptural objects utilize diverse materials such as fabric, metal, stone, wood and plastic to create physical collaborations that delight in being viewed.
Smith says the following about his work:
The first simple truth is that I make to discover what I do not know. The second truth is that I strive to make shaky ambiguous things, whose imbalance and openness exemplify my belief in an unstable world. The third truth is that, to me, the things that I make, once constructed, seem out of time, like words spoken softly that hang strangely in the air, accruing more meaning the longer they stay aloft.
I know that I must rely on language to easily achieve my daily goals; this however is not done without some degree of animosity. I often view language with the specific distain one holds for an unrepentant liar. This is the reason I relish the ambiguous object, which defies a name. Something that is almost this and almost that leads to new places and because it is not this and not that it is a new thing, which exists for a novel instant outside of language.
My hope is that I can make items that have a capacity to act, objects that shimmer with possibility under scrutiny, and things that enhance our perception after our backs have been turned to them.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 4 PM
Directions: Follow signs to bookstore and visitor parking. Gallery is located in the Communications and Technology (CT) building, adjacent to the bookstore on the NE corner of campus.