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Rebecca Smith
updated: 01/04/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Installation View, White Wall 1
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The artist working - Installation view of Warm, Dark, Rainy
Installation View, Black Wall 1
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 1
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 2
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Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, diagrammatic, geometric, information, language, mapping, mimetic, narrative, political, site-specific
 
 
Installation View, White Wall 1 by Rebecca Smith
Installation View, White Wall 1
tape
2006
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Installation View, White Wall 2 by Rebecca Smith
Installation View, White Wall 2
tape
2006
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The artist working - Installation view of Warm, Dark, Rainy by Rebecca Smith
The artist working - Installation view of Warm, Dark, Rainy
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2006
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Installation View, Black Wall 1 by Rebecca Smith
Installation View, Black Wall 1
tape
2006
Dimensions variable
Installation View, Black Wall 2 by Rebecca Smith
Installation View, Black Wall 2
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 1 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 1
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 2 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 2
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 3 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 3
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 4 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 4
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 5 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 5
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 6 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 6
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 7 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 7
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 8 by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 8
tape
2006
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Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 9  by Rebecca Smith
Warm, Dark, Rainy, Detail 9
tape
2006
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Artist Statement

     ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

1.5.07

Rebecca Smith 

 

     The tape drawings originated as a way of developing scale plans for wall sculptures. I liked making images directly on the wall unconfined by a rectangle and as I made more wall drawings the parameters of the space and the nature of the place became more important.  The images employ various drawing languages (scripts such as Gregg shorthand and Nushu; maps; charts) that are inflected by their location in space on a given wall and location.  For instance, when in Australia I used a topographical map of the region.  Color is an important element in the drawings.  The tape sits on the wall making a graphic line that renders color material.

 

     My interest in drawing is inspired by how directly it communicates.  I want drawing that is as strong as the arrow you draw on a map you leave for a friend who is visiting your house.   Written language can be seen both for its message and the visual characteristics of which it is comprised.  Color further informs the experience of the tape drawing.  The color tape line immediately establishes an image zone around it yet paradoxically the texture of the tape crumpling and layering as it forms curves and overlaps establishes its physical presence.

 

     In “Warm, Dark, Rainy” (2006) I used Gregg shorthand to write two statements about global warming – one made in 2005 by NYU physicist Martin Hoffert and the other in the 1850’s by John Tyndall, who first described the greenhouse effect.  Each shorthand “character” is executed in a particular color tape.  The sinuous, seductive, apparently whimsical forms of shorthand translate into grave warnings about the future of the planet.  This work constructed in an archaic language of business was made at the Bloomberg Headquarters, a capitol of cutting edge electronic communications industry.  The work raises the question of the worth of what is communicated as it sends a message about possibly the most serious challenge facing the human race.  The title “Warm, Dark, Rainy” gives the weather forecast of life under the conditions of global warming. 

Artist Bio / CV

Rebecca Smith
Born Glens Falls, NY 1954 
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions 
 
2007    Blue Cage Sculptures, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY
 
2005   Tarrawarra Catchment, Tarrawarra Museum, Victoria, Australia.            
  
2004    Rebecca Smith: New Work, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY. 
 
2002    The Creative Life of Robert Schumann, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY. 
    Rebecca Smith: Ring Sculptures, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
 
2001    Between Two Things: Rebecca Smith, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY.
 
1999    Rebecca Smith: Tape Drawing Installation, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY. 
 
1994    Rebecca Smith: Recent Work, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY.  
            Rebecca Smith: Recent Work, LedisFlam Gallery, New York, NY.              
 
1989    Rebecca Smith, LedisFlam Gallery, New York, NY.
 
1985    Stands, Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, NY.                                                    

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2007   Horizon, EFA Gallery, New York, NY.

 

2006   Open Gallery, Artwork on banners, Sydney, Australia.*

          Deep Space, Bloomberg Headquarters, New York, NY.

  Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions, Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Amherst, MA.*

2005           Cursive, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY.*

 

2004   Greetings from Chelsea, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY. 

 

2003    Summer Color, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY.   

 

2001    Mapping and Wayfinding, Abingden Art Center, Philadelphia, PA.

 

2000    Collaborations, Bucknell Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.     

    From Rags to Riches, Fondation de la Tapisserie, Tournai, Belgium.

1999            Inaugural Exhibition, Plattsburgh State Art Museum Sculpture Park, Plattsburgh, NY.*

1998            Elusive Traces, Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.                                                                                                      

 Selected Public Collections
 
Albright-Knox Museum of Art, Buffalo, New York
 
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
 
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York
 
Microsoft Collection, Redmond, Washington
 
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
 
Tarrawarra Museum, Healesville, Victoria, Australia