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Wayne Smith: 5 Short Holidays


Wayne Smith 5 Short Holidays

Gallery 16 is pleased to announce its fourth exhibition with artist Wayne Smith. His exhibition 5 Short Holidays continues his interest in scanner-based imagery, repetitive drawing techniques, and working with found printed matter. The show features ink and pencil drawings, a group of original digital prints and collage works. The show also includes a text-based installation piece that foregrounds his interest in writing/ collecting seemingly random and often humorous titles for nonexistent projects. The title 5 Short Holidays playfully refers to his decision to present work in these various styles. The title is also shared with an EP by Smith’s ongoing music project Aero-Mic’d to be released during the run of the show. Wayne Smith is a visual and sound artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Working in a variety of media including drawing, installation and video, his work has been shown locally and internationally. In 2007, he collaborated with Berlin-based artist D-L Alvarez on a sound and video installation inspired by Joan Didion’s “The White Album” that took place at Derek Eller Gallery, NY. A video installation at Exile Gallery in Berlin, Germany was shown as part of the “Psychometry” exhibition in 2009. In 2004, Smith co-produced and performed on the CD “After Low” with artist Rex Ray, as part of the exhibition “Fascination” at Gallery 16. The CD, a reworking of David Bowie’s “Low” album, featured performances by Matmos and Tom Recchion, among others. Smith is a member of San Francisco’s “Poet’s Theatre”, writing four plays with author Kevin Killian over the past fifteen years .Poet’s Theater has been a vibrant part of the Bay Area arts scene for fifty years. Local writers Kevin Killian (author of many collections of fiction, poetry, and memoir), Lindsey Boldt (author of Overboard and the recently released Tittties for Lindsey), and Sara Wintz (author of Walking Across This Field We Are Focused On This Time Now, just out from Ugly Duckling Presse) will revive classics from those five decades and perform them in the space.


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Wayne Smith Gallery 16 Editions Since 1996 Gallery 16 Editions has published a number of large format print editions with artist Wayne Smith. These works all eminate from the artist’s interest in the manipulation and subversion of desktop scanner technology. He employs the optical devices to create a abstract visual record of a activity that undermines the scanners original utiltiy. Smith often uses the scanner as a drum and allows the percussive patterns to be recorded as a visual image. In other works he uses rapid motion over the scanning device to visually record his activity. In the 1996 print Hello/Goodbye, Smith’s hand was waved over the surface of the scanner creating an abstract record of this common human gesture. In Smith’s hands, technology’s utility is subververted, yielding a remarkable visual document of his actions. The resulting digital files are not edited by the artist for visual effect, but instead stand as unaltered interpretations of his actions. As visual form these prints range from hard edge modernist compositions to deceptively organic. The prints often appear to evoke tapestry, weaving or light reflecting on water, yet all the images are born from electronic pulses.


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Wayne Smith Souvenir 1996 In 1996 Smith began a series of works that altered imagery from magazine advertising, this project was entitled Souvenir. Fifteen years later, in 2011, the artist revisitsed these works to create an extraordinary hand embellished edition. The suite of 8 prints are all individually hand-worked using various forms of folding, cutting, and metallic ink overpainting. In this suite of prints Smith continues his interest in printed matter, repetitive drawing and the repurposing of advertising. For this edition, Smith creates landscape images culled from magazine advertisments that utilized landscapes as their primary imagery. These ads were altered by the artist with ruled lines and various folding techniques. To create this suite of images, Smith uses various contradictory forces such as the landscape and abstraction, the handmade and the digital, the reductive and the additive.


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Wayne Smith 5 Short Holidays Exhibition List: 1. Lisa Says II, Found Printed Matter, UV Glass 8x10, $850 2. Untitled 1, Inkjet Print, Vellum, UV Glass 8x14, $850 3. Stream, Acrylic Ink on Paper, found printed matter, $850 4. Untitled 2, Inkjet Print, Vellum, UV Glass 11x14, $850 5. A Big Nose, Inkjet Print, Paper, UV Glass 8.5x11, $850 6. A Short Holiday, Inkjet Print on Greeting Card, printed matter, UV Glass 8.5x14, $850 7. Times, Newsprint, Inkjet Print, Vellum, UV Glass 11x14, $850 8. Untitled 3, Inkjet Print, Vellum, UV Glass 8x10, $850 9. Lisa Says 1, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 46x34 $2,500 10. Posture, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 46x34 $2,500 11. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 9x12, $900 12. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 11.5x15, $1200 13. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 10x11, $900 14. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 8x12, $900 15. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 10x15, $1200 16. Untitled (wood, ink drawing), Acrylic Ink, pencil on wood, 9x12, $900 17. Nascent, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 46x34 $2,500 18. Goldhead, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 46x34 $2,500 19. Orange Holes, Inkjet Print, Paper, UV Glass 8x10, $850 20. Untitled 5, Inkjet Print, Paper, UV Glass 8x10, $850 21. Trends In Small Pamphlet Design II, 2013, Inkjet on Newsprint, 135 units. 22. Diamondhead, Inkjet Print, Paper, UV Glass 8.5x11, $850 23. Title, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 60x46, Edition of 10, $3,500 24. Orientation, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 38x50, Edition of 10 $2,500 25. Pink Foam, Acrylic Ink on Construction Paper, found printed matter, 8.5x11, $850


26. Holiday For Pan, Acrylic Ink on Construction Paper, found printed matter, 11x14 $950 27. A Trustworthy Wizard, Coffee stained print, found printed matter, 11x14, $950 28. Built For TImbre, Ink on found bookplate, printed matter, 8.5x11, $850 29. Fireplace and Cargo, found printed matter, 9x16, $850 30. Prerestoration, found painting, found printed matter, UV glass, 8.5x11, $850 31. Lens Flare with Tangent, inkjet print, found printed matter, UV glass, 11x14, $950 32. Forcefield, inkjet print, found printed matter, UV glass, 8.5x11, $850 33. Untitled 3, inkjet print, found printed matter, UV glass, 8x8, $850 34. Blue Hillhead, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 58x46, Edition of 10, $3,500 GALLERY 16 EDITIONS 35. Hello/Goodbye, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 46x3, $2.500 36. You Must Leave Home To Buy A Welcome Matt, Pigment Print, Opitica 310gsm, 60x48, $3.500 37. Untitled 2, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 38. My Name Is Sara Jane Olson, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 60x48, $3500 39. My Name Is Kathleen Soliah, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 60x48, $3500 40. Old Growth, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 60x48, $3500 41. Steeple Weighed Down By Its Bells, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 60x48, $3500 42. Touched by Angles, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 43. Motel near the Matterhorn, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 44. 1996 No.6, Pigment print with silver leaf on paper on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 45. Souvenir no.9 , Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 34x34, $2500 46. 1996 No. 5, Pigment print with silver leaf on paper on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 47. 1996 # 3, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 48. Souvenir no. 4, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 34x34, $2500 49. Souvenir no.5, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 34x34, $2500 50. 1996 # 7, Pigment print with silver leaf on paper on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 46x34, $2500 51. 1996 # 1, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle 308g paper, 34x34, $2500 Wayne Smith’s work is available through Gallery 16. Gallery 16 is located at 501 Third St, San Francisco, CA 94107. www.gallery16.com. Inquiries may contact Griff Williams at 415 626 7495. All images Š Wayne Smith.

Wayne Smith: 5 Short Holidays  

A catalog of the Wayne Smith exhibition 5 short Holidays organized at Gallery 16, San Francisco June, 2013.

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