May 4, 2018 - June 23, 2018
A national invitational cast-metal sculpture group exhibition curated by Stacey Holloway.
Featuring work by: Robin Baker, Leticia R. Bajuyo, Adam Bodine, Michael Bonadio, Jason Sheridan Brown, Page Burch, Jacob Chrzan, Jeremy Colbert, Dylan Collins, Erin Cunningham, Nicole Davy, Kaylee DeWees, Sarah Dorau, Kurt Dyrhaug, Claire Lewis Evans, Feral Fagiola, Tobias Flores, McArthur Freeman II, Cassidy Frye, Katelyn Gabbard, Anastasia Green, Jack Gron, Liz Helfer, Ira Hill, Katie Hovencamp, John Stewart Jackson, Rachel Kidd, Lauren G. Koch, Coral Penelope Lambert, Teresa Lind, David Lobdell, Morgan Lugo, David Marquez, Andrew Marsh, Gerry Masse, Joe McCreary, Kim McKenzie, Ted Metz, Forrest Millsap, Christyn Overstake, Sarah Caroline Padgett, Kenneth Payne, Allen Peterson, Jacob Phillips, Wayne E. Potratz, Eric Powell, Cliff Prokop, Holly Reese, McCreary, Dominic Sansone, Ashley Seilhamer, Luke Sides, Ian Skinner, Logan Smith, Savannah Smith, Kristen Tordella-Williams, Jen Torres, Steven Torres, Alex Townsend, Kevin Vanek, James Wade, Michael Wickerson, Ajene Williams, Ben Woodeson, and Jason Tanner Young.
At least 10% of all proceeds from this exhibition benefit Sloss Metal Arts.
March 9, 2018 - April 22, 2018
New photography and installations by Edward Badham, Tony Bingham, Jamey Grimes, and Jerry Siegel interpret the contemporary landscape.
British painter brings angels and magicians to Birmingham
Opens Nov. 3 2017, 5:00-8:00
Artist Michael Pearce’s “The Secret Paintings” will be on view at Stephen Smith Fine Art in Fairfield from November 3rd until January 6th.
Enormous paintings by Michael Pearce tour the United States, from California to Birmingham. Gallery owner Stephen Smith says, "Pearce’s paintings highlight the resurgence of representational art that has been transforming the art world for the past 2 decades."
Pearce grew up in the countryside of Wiltshire, England and has a deep interest in the old traditions and ancient sites of Britain, like Stonehenge. He frequently uses ancient Celtic monuments and settings in his art, including Sillbury Hill and the Ridgeway.
Stephen Smith Fine Art will witness the breathtaking scenes of Michael Pearce’s The Secret Paintings, a series of twenty-six large canvases, recalling Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite masters in their ambitiousness, complexity, and scale, and in their theatrical grandeur. In Pearce’s latest spectacular four-panel painting, Chariot, which spans thirty-two feet, a circle of beautiful girls parade in a jubilant celebration of the sun. The ambitious show also includes spectacular paintings of the baptism of Christ, brilliant angels appearing at a scene of transfiguration, and a Masonic traveler at the beginning of his initiatory journey.
Pearce uses the ancient imagery and traditions of his British ancestors, introducing them into magical settings starring beautiful women and handsome men. The paintings pay homage to diverse cultural landmarks including the Bible, the Da Vinci Code and medieval symbolism.
He is a popular and influential leader of the international representational art community. Pearce co-founded TRAC (The Representational Art Conference), bringing artistic heavy-hitters such as Odd Nerdrum and Roger Scruton to California to meet their American peers.
Pearce has been featured in Juxtapoz, Fine Art Connoisseur, art ltd., Beautiful Bizarre, and KCET Artbound. Fine Art Connoisseur describes his work as “magnificent” and “outstanding.” Juxtapoz calls it “beautiful,” while Beautiful Bizarre describes the, “magical worlds revealed within his impeccable, mysterious paintings.” KCET says the paintings are “…massive, mythical, and brimming with allegorical subtext…” The Oklahoman says the show is “forceful,” “ambitious,” and “highly recommended,” “…an almost alchemical mixture of hidden meanings, modern yet archaic symbolism, and meticulous, in some cases masterful technique, the exhibit offers us both visual stimulation and food for thought.”
This Is My Truth. Tell Me Yours. features works by Jon Coffelt, Howard Cruse, Thom Kostura, Michael Mahaffey, Eric Rhein, and Robert Sherer. This is the first Alabama exhibition for Thom Kostura, Michael Mahaffey, and Eric Rhein, and an overdue homecoming for Alabama artists Jon Coffelt, Howard Cruse, and Robert Sherer.
This exhibition was organized in support of One In Our Blood.
HOME AGAIN features photography by Sheila Pree Bright from her series, SUBURBIA; photography by Celestia Morgan (shown) from her series, REDLINE; and recent mixed-media sculptures by Justin Rabideau. We are also proud to present the premiere of an ongoing collaboration between Justin Rabideau and choreographer Mary Grace Phillips entitled, WEATHER, which will be performed at the reception.
Tyree Guyton is an American Neo-Expressionist artist working in Detroit, Michigan. A proponent of Graffiti art and Urban Environmental art, Guyton created the Heidelberg Project with his grandfather, Sam Mackey, in 1986. Guyton has received international recognition as an artist, educator, and community leader, and has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit's East Side. Through his art, Tyree has drawn attention to the plight of Detroit’s forgotten neighborhoods and spurred discussion and action - transforming his childhood neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art museum.
“When you come to the Heidelberg Project, I want you to think - really think! My art is a medicine for the community. You can’t heal the land until you heal the minds of the people,” says Guyton. This iconic, colorfully-painted, polka-dotted neighborhood, inspired by society’s diversity, has played a vital role in transforming the visual indignities of poverty and brought positive, international recognition to this community.
Tyree Guyton studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Art in 2009. Guyton’s art is featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and many others. He has been featured in major publications, books, and television programs (including the Oprah Winfrey Show), and was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning HBO Films documentary, "Come Unto Me, the Faces of Tyree Guyton"; and the book, "Connecting the Dots, Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project", published in 2007 by WSU Press.
When Tyree Guyton was 8 or 9 years old, Sam Mackey (1897-1992), gave him a paintbrush. Mackey worked as a house painter for most of his life, and after he retired, Guyton encouraged his grandfather to begin painting another way. Mackey created whimsical drawings, pastels, and watercolors reminiscent of Mose Tolliver and Thornton Dial. His work has been exhibited at venues including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland.
This show marks the first commercial gallery exhibition in the South for both Tyree Guyton and his grandfather, Sam Mackey.
“I photograph my family."
“’Flat Granny’ began as a life-sized cardboard cutout of my grandmother made from the photographs I took of her while she was alive. To reanimate her still image, I turned ‘Flat Granny’ into a costume. ‘Flat Granny and Me’ is an ongoing series of performances that take place within constructed environments shaped by early cinematic devices and the colliding ‘mindscapes’ of my family’s stories. ‘A Procession in My Mind’ reimagines the parade route my grandmother took as Enterprise, Alabama's 1968 Woman of the Year - inviting the viewer to step inside the photograph, inside the story, not knowing fully what has happened or what might happen next.”
Stephen Smith Fine Art congratulates Jenny Fine and Jerry Siegel on the inclusion of their work in the exhibition, Contemporary Alabama Photography at the Mobile Museum of Art through August 27, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Richard McCabe, photography curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is part of the Alabama Bicentennial celebration of statehood.
As part of Jenny Fine's class, "The Collective Narrative", UAB students will create a series of collaborative installations on the second floor of Stephen Smith Fine Art. The installations have been chosen by gallery director, Paul Barrett, for their ability to respond to the history of the Fairfield community, the gallery building's original use as a silent movie theater, and the students' exploration of creative storytelling through material, process and form. The chosen projects involve projections, constructed environments, and sculptural forms, and will be on view during Fine's exhibition in April, 2017.
Saturday, March 18, 11 AM-2:30 PM
Jakob Dwight will begin signing books at noon.
Artists from Contrapunto will discuss their work at 1pm.
Join us for a conversation with Jorge Arcos, Graciela Nuñez Bedoya, Dora Lopez, and Carlos Solis of Contrapunto (featured in our current exhibition, "Macondo/Mar-A-Lago"). The artists will discuss their work, what inspires them, and the need for Latino visibility.
Jakob Dwight will be signing copies of the catalog for "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art", (published by the Seattle Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2015) which includes his essay and works currently on view at the gallery in "Human (Re)Sources". A limited number of books will be available. Please email StephenSmithFineArt(at)gmail(dot)com to reserve your copy.
The gallery will open at 11am. The talks will begin promptly at 1pm. This weekend is your last opportunity to see our current exhibitions, "Human (Re)Sources" and "Macondo/Mar-A-Lago".
The gallery will be closed beginning March 20 while we install our next exhibition, "Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind" by Jenny Fine. Jenny's photography and installation will feature live performances April 7, 8, 14, and 15, and an artist talk April 9.
multimedia / installation by Zach Blas, Jakob Dwight,
Benjamin Grosser, and Leonardo Selvaggio
February 3, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5-8pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Zach Blas' Facial Weaponization Suite protests against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making “collective masks” in workshops that are modeled from the aggregated facial data of participants, resulting in amorphous masks that cannot be detected as human faces by biometric facial recognition technologies. This body of work is represented here by his video, "Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face" (2012). Blas teaches art at the University of London, where he is currently preparing for upcoming exhibitions in Amsterdam, Brisbane, and Cambridge.
Jakob Dwight was invited to install a MultiSensory Environment in fulldome at LA's Vortex Immersion Media in June, 2014 as part of the collective Aesthetics & Therapeutics Lab, a platform developed to initiate installations and experiments in immersive art and healing. Dwight's work "The Autonomous Prism" was on view at the Brooklyn Museum alongside 24 artists in the critically-acclaimed exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, organized by Seattle Art Museum in 2016. He is slated to launch a beta version of his ongoing art role playing and world building platform N'CHI in 2017.
Benjamin Grosser focuses on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. He constructs interactive experiences, machines, and systems that make the familiar unfamiliar, revealing the ways that software prescribes our behavior and thus, how it changes who we are. Grosser’s works have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues including Eyebeam (New York), The Public Private at the New School (New York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), and a recent solo exhibition at Galerie Charlot (Paris).
Leonardo Selvaggio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the entanglement between identity and technology. His work, “URME Surveillance” involves the development of defense technologies used to protect the public from surveillance by using his own identity as material. Rather than camouflage or hide the identities of the masses, this work invites the public to assume and present Selvaggio's identity as an alternative by allowing them to wear his face as a prosthetic. By assuming this risk and responsibility, “URME” challenges and allows viewers to consider the malleability of their own identities by misrepresenting and corrupting the artist's.
Image credits: Jakob Dwight (left), Leonardo Selvaggio (right).
"Human (Re)Sources" runs concurrently with the exhibition, "Macondo/Mar-A-Lago", featuring paintings by the Latino art collective, Contrapunto.
paintings by Contrapunto
February 3, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5-8pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jorge Arcos (Mexico)
Graciela Nuñez Bedoya (Peru)
Stanley Bermudez (Venezuela)
Pedro Fuertes (Peru)
Dora Lopez (Peru)
Carlos Solis (Venezuela).
The artist collective presented in this exhibition was founded by Carlos Solis in 2008 in response to the lack of Latin American representation in the Atlanta art scene. Fellow artist Stanley Bermudez suggested the name Contrapunto (Spanish for "counterpoint") because, "In music, Counterpoint (Contrapunto) is the technique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality." The group works jointly and separately through visual art to promote awareness and appreciation of Hispanic and Latino culture, folklore, and history.
Image credit: Graciela Nuñez Bedoya
"Macondo/Mar-A-Lago" runs concurrently with the exhibition, "Human (Re)Sources", featuring multimedia / installation by Zach Blas, Jakob Dwight, Benjamin Grosser,and Leonardo Selvaggio