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Casey Jex Smith
updated: 09/20/2010
website: www.caseyjexsmith.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Chapel
Roll vs. Dexterity
Davroar Arboshare
Zagyg and Minions
Lehi's Vision
The Plan
Battle of Dingershare
Crowns
Sword of Laban +5 and Gear
Point
Launching
The Big Bang in a Garden of Eden (diptych)
John Taylor
...We draw near
Mayor Jamven Silvershaper
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, spiritual, dreams, collage, fantasy, figurative, identity, nature, obsessive, historical
 
 
Chapel by Casey Jex Smith
Chapel
pencil on paper
2009
7.5 " x  7.5 " 
Roll vs. Dexterity by Casey Jex Smith
Roll vs. Dexterity
Pen and color pencil on paper
2010
9 " x  9 " 
Davroar Arboshare by Casey Jex Smith
Davroar Arboshare
Collage and pen on paper
2010
9 " x  6 " 
Zagyg and Minions by Casey Jex Smith
Zagyg and Minions
Pen & ink on paper
2010
11 " x  9 " 
Lehi's Vision by Casey Jex Smith
Lehi's Vision
Pen on paper
2010
58 " x  80 " 
The Plan by Casey Jex Smith
The Plan
Pencil and color pencil on paper
2010
22 " x  22 " 
Battle of Dingershare by Casey Jex Smith
Battle of Dingershare
Pen on paper
2010
18 " x  24 " 
Crowns by Casey Jex Smith
Crowns
Pen on paper
2009
25 " x  22 " 
Sword of Laban +5 and Gear by Casey Jex Smith
Sword of Laban +5 and Gear
Color pencil and pencil on paper
2010
18 " x  14 " 
Point by Casey Jex Smith
Point
Pen & ink and color pencil on paper
2010
10 " x  10 " 
Launching by Casey Jex Smith
Launching
pencil, color pencil, and collage on paper
2008
7.5 " x  15 " 
The Big Bang in a Garden of Eden (diptych) by Casey Jex Smith
The Big Bang in a Garden of Eden (diptych)
Pen & ink and color pencil on paper
2006
50" x  76" 
John Taylor by Casey Jex Smith
John Taylor
Pen, color pencil, and pencil on paper
2008
7.5 " x  7.5 " 
...We draw near by Casey Jex Smith
...We draw near
Marker, pen & ink, and color pencil on paper
2005
72" x  60" 
Mayor Jamven Silvershaper by Casey Jex Smith
Mayor Jamven Silvershaper
Pen on paper
2010
9 " x  6 " 

Artist Statement

My art addresses personal identity and finding meaning in between three seemingly disparate worlds; religion, sci-fi/fantasy, and “high-art”.  My work blends appropriated imagery and ideas from illustrated Bibles, Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Durer etchings, Agnes Martin paintings, Mormon architecture, NASA photos, The Lord of the Rings, and Sunday School flannel-board cut-outs into semi-cohesive narratives. This work attempts to legitimize how I spend my time by visually placing art, religion, and high-geekdom on the same hierarchical strata. This blending and prioritizing is a reflection of how I function in the world. Frodo’s ring is a metaphor for my spiritual weakness, a temple becomes a repository for wooden Frank Stellas, Big Foot is the Bible’s Cain, and a James Turrell installation is a meditation on the Holy Ghost. I primarily draw because the process of mark making feels natural, immediate, and allows me to make art anywhere at anytime.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

M.F.A in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, 2005
B.F.A. in Painting, Brigham Young University, 2003

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Doomslangers, Allegra Laviola Gallery, NYC

2009 Gird Your Elves, and Be Broken in Pieces, LaViolaBank Gallery, NYC

2008 Materials Unorganized, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

2008 New Work, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 That Day and That Night and That Day, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

2007 There Is No End To Matter, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

2006 New Work, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT

2003 Three Grids: Past, Past, Present, Provo Arts Council Gallery, Provo, UT

 

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2010 Casey Jex Smith, John Casey, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2010 Stock Up on Heal and Mana Potions, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

2006 Come, Come, Ye Saints! And Temple Bilds, Fifty50 Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 An Impossible Match, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2010 Friends of Friends, GARFO Art Center, SLC, UT

2010 Phantasmorganica, Allegra LaViola Gallery, NYC

2009 Take the A Train, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2009 Paper, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, ILL

2009 Regime Change, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 The Bright Darkness, Sweetart Drawing Gallery, Oakland, CA

2009 Summer Salon, LaViolaBank Gallery, NYC

2008 Selections Spring 2008, The Drawing Center, NYC

2008 The Brand New Deal, Caren Golden Fine Art, NYC

2008 The Exquisite Line, Sherman Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

2008 microwave 6, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NYC

2008 Freak of Nature, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008 Surreal Naivete, M.Y. Art Prospects, NYC

2008 Year 1, LaViolaBank Gallery, NYC

2008 l’experience utile, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France

2008 Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2008 West, Wester, Westest, Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007 Bliss, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

2007 The Total Power of Such a Signal Is Infinite, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX

2007 Three Solo Shows, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

2006 East Side Story, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2005 Pacific Lines, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC