This body of work is a sincere ode to longing and the beauty of men’s bodies, but it also contains small jokes, ideas about history, references to our relationship to photography, and some formal and painterly ideas about the physical and sensual quality of the pieces themselves. The project is about men’s bodies seen through a woman’s eyes - the woman’s gaze - the man’s body - the body as landscape with hills and valleys to roam. I have been making collages from old Playgirl magazines combined with American landscape photographs, also taken from vintage magazines. I recently started some related paintings, based on source photographs that I took myself using a professional model.
Artist Bio / CV
René Smith was born in Philadelphia and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She studied painting for two years in Rome, Italy. She was a Visiting Lecturer in Painting at Chiang Mai University in 2008-09. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, a two person show at Koi Gallery in Bangkok, and The Siam Art Fair with BKK Art House Gallery in Bangkok. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Saint Thomas Aquinas College in New York. She lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.