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Geoffrey Todd-Smith

Casual X

Jan 22 - Feb 27, 2011

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press release



Artist Reception: Saturday, January 22, 6–9 pm

Luis De Jesus is very pleased to present GEOFFREY TODD-SMITH in his first solo exhibition at the gallery, titled “Casual X”", on view in Gallery 2 from January 22 through February 26, 2011. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, January 22nd, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is the artist’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles.

Geoffrey Todd-Smith explores the impossibility of achieving a purely abstract image. For this upcoming exhibition, Todd–Smith has created a group of mixed media paintings on panel which employ the letter X within their composition. As X, with its multiple cultural interpretations, is manipulated through a variety of color relationships and varying prominence, each painting is given a personality and mood of its own. Each work begins with a default position of gridded shapes and is often adorned with a horror vacui of zigzags. Employing this limited vocabulary, he delineates a seemingly impenetrable field of optical buzz. This collaboration between Todd Smith’s rhythmic mark making and seductive color arrangement reveals alternating moments of depth and flatness, leaving the viewer with a dizzying trail of clues to the artist’s mindset and influences.

Though primarily abstract, Geoffrey Todd Smith’s work draws heavily from personal visual experiences. The paintings evoke moments from pop culture, recent art history, and activities from his life such as video games, jigsaw puzzles, doodling, fashion, wall paper, sticker collections, board games, soccer balls, nature documentaries&mdashjust about anything that he has found visually stimulating. These varied moments are absorbed into memories and are reinvented as abstract visual hybrids. Furthermore, the titles given to each work provide insight into his thought process but rarely reveal the entire story. They are intended to capture a certain rhythm, cadence or mood.

Born in 1973, Chicago–based Geoffrey Todd Smith has been called one of the "rising stars we should be collecting now" by Chicago Magazine. His work is included in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including Microsoft Corporation, Hallmark Inc., and the Jager Collection in Amsterdam. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Northern Illinois University. Recent solo exhibitions include the 2009 NADA Art Fair, Miami; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Main Gallery, Las Vegas; and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Group exhibitions include Baer Ridgeway Gallery, San Francisco; Columbia College; Chicago; Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco; and The Northern Illinois Art Museum, DeKalb, IL, among others.


Born: Cleveland, OH 1973

1997 MFA, Painting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1995 BFA, Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Casual X, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA
Geoffrey Todd Smith is a Friend to Beauty! and I Could Look at Myself in Your Eyes Forever, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
Looking You Up To Look You Up & Down, Main Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Here’s Looking At You Looking At Me Kid, Site–specific installation, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
The Spiked Punch & the Anti–portraits, Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL

Group show, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA
United States of Color vs. Grand Theft Auto, Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
Pattern, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA
West, Wester, Westest, Fecal Face Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New– Fangled, Group drawing exhibition, Main Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
40th Anniversary Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine, IL
NEXT: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, IL
The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Western Exhibitions Booth, Portland, OR
Obsessive Explosive (with Scott Wolniak and Paul Nudd), Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
The Uncertainty Principle (with Deb Sokolow, Chris Uphues, Shona McDonald, Charles LaBelle), NIU Museum, DeKalb, IL