Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Moment, an exhibition of new work by Kiki Smith in collaboration with Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE). The series of monotypes and DVD animation included in this exhibition continue Smith’s earlier explorations of the interrelationship between humans and nature.
This particular body of work focuses on the portrait of a young woman in a thicket. Smith worked closely with ULAE to achieve her vision of creating a series in which each piece is unique but interrelated. “I wanted to make a series of monotypes, handmade and hand-colored, but I also wanted them to need one another,” says Smith. After ULAE printed her hand drawn portrait of the woman, Smith airbrushed pink and blue watercolor and then stenciled branch patterns and pressed leaves covered in gouache onto the printed sheet. Emphasizing the pieces’ interdependency, Smith and ULAE then created a DVD animation of all the images in the series, running in an infinitely random sequence, mimicking the random way that trees and leaves blow in the wind. Although she had worked in video before, this is the first time that Smith has created an animated short using a series of prints as the stills.
The result is a group of hauntingly beautiful images of a woman’s face in a changing wooded environment that can be read almost like independent stills from a film, a concept reinforced by the animated DVD that accompanies each work. The series includes twenty unique hand-colored monotypes.
The exhibition will be on view from September 9th through September 30th. There will be an opening reception for the artist on September 9th from 6-8pm, followed by a book signing and poetry reading by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge in celebration of their new collaborative book Concordance, published by Kelsey Street Press.
Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 W 25th Street, 3rd floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-206-7887, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.larissagoldston.com.