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Alexis Smith's brand of Pop infused Conceptualism has been compared to t he highly irreverent\, yet equally serious work of other L.A. icons\, Ed Ru scha\, John Baldessari and Mike Kelley. Her exhibition at Craig Krull Galle ry\, entitled Second Nature\, employs found paint-by-number\, black velvet\, and printed landscapes overlaid with remnants of popular culture a nd pithy literary references that combine to offer multi-dimensional readin gs into our relationship with Nature and our mental construct of landscapes . Describing Smith's work in the catalogue of her mid-career survey at the Whitney and MOCA in 1991-92\, Richard Armstrong wrote\, "her work exists in the gap between text and image\, past and present\, word and thing\, ordin ary and extraordinary. She unites thought and physical perception\, relying on the eye and memory to make a synthesis. Smith is most successful when o therwise unrelated thoughts and objects are seamlessly melded together\, wh en fragments from our mental and physical lives are 'reunited'."  In Rul e of Thumb\, a work from the exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery\, Smith places a wooden ruler imprinted with the phrase\, "A rule to prevent forest fires...Smokey's friends don't play with matches" on top of a roman tic landscape print with stags\, forest\, rushing stream and snow-capped mo untains. The work addresses our contemporary role as both steward and destr oyer of Nature\, as well as our desire to classify and measure the natural world from abstract\, analytical and scientific points of view. In another work\, The Last Time I Saw Paris\, a touristy Montmartre painting ha s a charming hat floating on top of it that reminds one of Madeline  in the Ludgwig Bemelmans stories\, or Leslie Caron in Lili. Above th e hat are painted the words of the artwork's title. In this piece\, Smith p lays with our romantic and nostalgic notions associated with a sense of pla ce\, as well as the attendant stereotypes and cultural clichés. In all of h er work however\, Alexis Smith never tells you what to think\;her art evoke s endless free-associations that emphasize the key role the observer plays in completing the picture.

DTEND:20130525 DTSTAMP:20140419T075226 DTSTART:20130420 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Craig Krull Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Second Nature\, Alexis Smith UID:269103 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130420T180000 DTSTAMP:20140419T075226 DTSTART:20130420T160000 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Craig Krull Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Second Nature\, Alexis Smith UID:269104 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR