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Galerie Eva Presenhuber is delighted to announce its second solo show of Josh Smith (b.1976) in its Maag Areal gallery. This show will present a wide array of Smith’s painterly evolution\, ranging in different sizes\, techniques and motifs.

Josh Smith has come to public recognition through his instantly identifiable abstract style\, from his Na me Paintings to his collages and his favoured motifs such as the fish or th e leaf. The idea behind these recurring motifs is to achieve an impenetrabl e abstraction\, yet an abstraction that makes its methods clear and reveals its making. The urgency felt in the paintings is actually a cover for a lo ng thought process\, for a careful and meticulous selection in which the br ushstrokes\, the collaged elements are brought together to form an image. T he elements of the paintings put together quickly\, sometimes painted direc tly onto walls confront us with wrongful common visions of preciousness tow ards art and even more so towards painting as a practice. In this exhibitio n\, Smith will show his new body of work and particularly a large grid of 1 5 paintings\, displayed together to present as one painting\, it is in fact a collage of all different paintings that are worked on separately.

Smith comes from a background of print-making and is fascinated wit h producing books\, the idea of repetition being at the core of these pract ices\, they find their ways in his visual aesthetics. Painting his name rep eatedly\, or an abstraction of a leaf or a fish helps the viewer to get awa y from the object itself\, not focusing on how it is rendered but rather on how it is painted. Cleaved away from the signification of what is depicted \, the lines and curves\, the palette become the subject of his work. The r epetition of his own work within his oeuvre is linked to the fact that noth ing goes to waste in Smith’s studio\, posters\, prints and papers of all so rts are recycled and incoporated into collages and paintings\, old announce ment posters become the basis for new announcement paintings\, older painti ngs are reprinted\, glued and repainted.

Josh Smith has manag ed to overcome the challenges of painting\, incoporating disparate elements whilst creating a unique style\, constantly reinventing himself. He is a m aster of colour and composition and in this new show\, he displays works cr eating self entities that are coherent with each other. It is undeniable th at it is in this eternal quest for abstraction that lies Smith’s ambitious side\, his self-confidence to pursue new directions\, and this quest reveal s his audacity and brashness.
Josh Smith has had solo exhibitions at the Brant Foundation\, CT\, USA\, Museum Dhondt-Dhanenens in Deurle\, Belg ium\, Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva\, Switzerland\, amongst others an d has participated in the 54th Venice Biennale\, and other important group shows such as Younger Than Jesus in the New Museum\, NY\, USA.

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