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Geoffrey Todd-Smith

Secret Lives of Rainbows

Sep 07 - Oct 12, 2013

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Secret Lives of Rainbows

September 7 – October 12, 2013
Artist's reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by GEOFFREY TODD SMITH in the Project Space, titled Secret Lives of Rainbows, opening September 7 through October 12, 2013. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, September 7th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In Secret Lives of Rainbows, Smith deploys an array of colorful media (acrylic, ink, and enamel) to create vibrant paintings whose complex arrangements of shapes, intricate patterns, vacillating spaces, and scintillating surfaces recall the wonders of basic school age geometry and visual trickery. For example, Smith channels his initial astonishment at first encountering simple one- or two-point perspective by using diagonal strands of shapes to evoke space. The dimensional complexity occurs when the viewer is denied vanishing points causing the structures to simultaneously move forward and recede. As the color and compositional arrangement lead the vision back and forth through space, it is met with a net of decorative, obsessively drawn surfaces. Within Smith's intimate, fetishistic surfaces lurks a devotion to the challenges of abstract beauty and its ability to confound expectation and provoke desire. Every composition is treated like a game with self-imposed rules and limitations regarding color and form. Though there is a grid present, its rigid structure and predictability operates as a foil to Smith's often erratic and unplanned compositions; each hard-fought painting results in a record of the struggle.

Geoffrey Todd Smith lives and works in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include shows at Western Exhibitions, Chicago, and Nudashank, Baltimore; as well as group shows at DCKT, New York; The DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and Hyde Park Art Center; Chicago. In 2014, Smith will present a new group of paintings at Hughes Gallery in Sydney, Australia. His work is in the collections of Hallmark Inc. in Kansas City, The Jager Collection in Amsterdam, the South Bend Art Museum in Indiana and Harper College in Illinois.