We are pleased to announce the opening of “Differences in Moments: Recent Paintings by David Smith,” which will run September 27 to November 9, 2013. An opening reception will take place Friday, September 27th from 6-8 pm. The exhibit features Peacham, VT based artist David Smith’s compelling landscape works in oil, in which he explores the possibilities of a scene through his imagination, and invites the viewer to do the same.
“I’m not a storyteller, but I sometimes consider myself a fiction painter. I use fictional visual images from memory. Different imagined scenes incorporated into paintings to portray a truth. Oil paint covers well. The new day and a new session might make yesterday’s painting entirely different. What happened? Did I change so much, spinning around my core, or did something I happened to see uncover a different version of the truth?
Much eludes me here. I like that mystery and surprise, when I see something I see over and over with the day’s fresh eye,” Smith says.
Smith’s work asks viewers to ponder the moment portrayed and join in an open ended conversation on the possibilities that arise from one moment to the next. Smith says, “What makes this moment what it is? What makes the next moment unlike any other that came before? The curtain parts. A parked car moves and reveals a once hidden scene. The sun arcs half of one degree and the light shifts beyond recognition. A bee lights on a clover. The flower quivers.
The next moment, stillness. Did any of this ever happen?”
Smith studied art as an undergraduate at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT and ceramics, painting and book illustration in its Adult Degree Program. He has worked with children making public art, been a scenic designer and painter in Philadelphia, a graphic designer in New York City and Vermont, and an architectural and woodworking designer and builder in Vermont, where he has lived since 1974.
Samples of David Smith’s recent work