Mitchel Smith at Common Sense
Post #1226 • September 3, 2008, 12:26 PM • 9 Comments
Edmonton, AB - Handsome, nearly monochromatic paintings by Mitchel Smith were on display at Common Sense before my show went up. At nine feet wide, each of them featured a meditative, horizontal push of acrylic, raked like gravel in a Japanese garden. The best of the four was Elemental (not pictured), which allowed for the most incidental color variation in the raking and let an attractive band of orange appear in the background along the bottom edge. Close behind it was Straw on Yellow, with a pleasing swell of paint filling up at the ends of the stroke and a touch of shading at the top. Close-value work like this looks deceptively empty in reproduction, but even in person, the busier internal activity of Elemental points the way forward for this artist rather than the minimalist, somewhat dour landscape of Apodosis. On a side note, it's hard to say anything about a giant purple painting except "hurray."