Baik Art Gallery

Jakarta 2020 Exhibition 3

 

ART JAKARTA VIRTUAL 2020

SHINIQUE SMITH | Portfolio

16 December 2020 – 15 February, 2021

   

 


Art Jakarta Virtual

Exhibition #1 : 19 October – 15 November 2020

Exhibition #2 : 16 November – 15 December 2020

Exhibition #3 : 16 December 2020 – 15 February 2021

 


  


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SHINIQUE SMITH

For more than a decade, multimedia artist Shinique Smith has employed clothing, textiles and objects—items that exist in the realm of what we call belongings—to construct sculptures, paintings, and site-specific installations. Examining the ways in which these objects resonate on a personal and social scale, Smith’s works operate at the convergence of consumption, displacement, and sanctuary. In Smith’s hands, these works reveal connections across space, time, and place to suggest the possibility of constructing worlds renewed by hopeful delight.

Born in Baltimore, MD, currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Smith’s art works have been exhibited by and are in the permanent collections of institutions such as, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Barnes Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Denver Art Museum, The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Kemper Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Art Institute, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCA North Miami, MOMA PS1, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, The New Museum, The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Whitney Museum among others.

BIO/CV | Artist Portfolio | Available Works

  

 

When I began this project, I knew I somehow wanted to address the unique qualities of the virtual world. That is, the impression of reality as the new exhibition space. Art seen with a few pointed strokes of a computer cursor–moving up and down, left to right.

As we simulate this movement, we know the gesture is inorganic— different to how we move through an art fair. The gaze is mediated by the action in this moment in time–not the chosen medium of the artist or the lens of a curatorial theme.

I had a question I needed to answer.

Can the body be present in a space that doesn’t exist?

With a new series of works, titled Unraveling–presented for the first time in Art Jakarta–Los Angeles-based artist Shinique Smith reveals the answer I was hoping for. Smith’s layered paintings often incorporate cherished objects, clothing, and gestures that evoke the presence of the figure. The body is always implicated; it is always felt.

-Curator Joey Lico on Shinique Smith

  

 

Pieces of Grace is a relative to a figurative sculpture titled Grace Stands Beside. They were both constructed with fabric and clothing that I gathered and hand-dyed in colors that I imagined would occur if the US or Confederate ag were to bleed into less divided colors – purples and dusky blues to evoke a contemplative and spiritual mood that felt like it could describe the ‘grace’ of Black people and others who have endured and survived tragic prejudice by embodying grace to rise beyond.”

-Shinique Smith

  

 

“I began this continuing body of works on canvas at the start of quarantine. During these uncertain and tragic times, these paintings became a safe space for me to unravel and evolve my thoughts, fears, joys and anxieties into poetic forms. Each one acts as a re ection of my hand and my mood exploring the gesture that weaves throughout my practice.

The intimacy of this scale enabled me to have a closer, more immediate relationship to these works, which allowed me to with use different ways of drawing and tying, and to experiment with a blindfolded intuitive process to create a group of works including, And, she wept miracles and Spirit Writing. These works are raw energy expressed solely through gesture while others incorporate collage and palm-sized bundles that serve as prayer offerings like Working Loose.

-Shinique Smith

  


And She Wept Miracles, 2020
Ink and acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


Permanently Changed, 2020
Ink, maker, and acrylic
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


Pieces of Grace, 2020
Clothing, ribbon, fabric, and dye over wood panel
26 x 26 x 4.5 in
66 x 66 x 11 cm

 


Tilting the Sun, 2020
Ink and acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


Spiraling, 2020
Ink, acrylic, fabric, and cottage on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


Spirit Writing, 2020 Ink and acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 x 1.5 in 76 x 76 x 4 cm

Spirit Writing, 2020
Ink and acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


The Words Moved Like Raindrops in Her Hair, 2020 Ink and acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 x 1.5 in 76 x 76 x 4 cm

The Words Moved Like Raindrops in Her Hair, 2020
Ink and acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

 


Working Loose, 2020
Acrylic, ink, fabric, and yarn on canvas
30 x 30 x 1.5 in
76 x 76 x 4 cm

   

Ode to Lelanya

2016

Clothing, fabric, ribbon, rope, pillows, acrylic, copper wire and bamboo

52 x 14 x 13 inches

   


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Breathing Room , Bound and Loose

Performance piece featured in the Baltimore Museum of Art

2020

  


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Unruly Again

2019

Ink, acrylic, vintage fabric scraps, and collage on paper

30 x 22 inches

  

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