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Mixed Greens is delighted to announce their third solo exhib ition with Joseph Smolinski. Night for Day uses drawing and sculptur e to explore subtle shifts of light\, time\, space\, and climate in an effo rt to pose questions regarding the natural order.  Smolinski’s drawings are markedly larger\, his subject more expansive\, and his craftsmanship exqui sitely honed.

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When researching for this exhibition\, Smol inski was inspired by Albrect Dürer’s engraving\, Melencolia I\, fro m 1514.  The finely detailed image presents a composition cluttered with th e tools of technology—a compass\, magic square\, scale\, and hourglass—whil e atmospheric and celestial phenomena illuminate the background. It is theo rized that the title alludes to a belief in an artist’s imagination dominat ing over mind and reason.

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In Smolinski’s work\, technolog y is also composed in juxtaposition to atmospheric and celestial phenomena.   Instead of contemplating the binary of imagination versus reason\, Smolin ski uses both to consider current and future landscapes.  In Climate Shi ft in Dubai\, for instance\, a hotel and palm trees are barely visible though the cloud of a heavy snowstorm\, and in Solar Storm New York\ , the Manhattan skyline is dark as the aurora hovers overhead. A concrete p lanter\, based on the polyhedron in Melencolia I\, sits in the middl e of the exhibition\, directly referencing the artist’s role in scientific inquiry.

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While Smolinski’s work is heavily rooted in art history and environmental debate\, the work is also very personal.  The ter m “day for night” refers to a cinematic technique used to produce the illus ion of nighttime during the day.  Smolinski reverses the phrase to contempl ate a haunting disconnect between night and day when the illusion of day ov ertakes the night.  When he draws the blinding sun along a wooded path in < i>Sun Burst\, or he shifts the color in Chromatic Aberration (Moon)\, the viewer shares an experience of nature filtered through Smo linski’s camera lens and his hand. To have these very real moments in juxta position to imagined environmental collapse is haunting indeed.

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Joseph Smolinski was born in Minneapolis\, MN\, and lives and works in New Haven\, CT.  He received his BFA from the University of Wisco nsin (1999) and his MFA from the University of Connecticut\, Storrs (2001).   In 2011 alone\, he was featured in three solo exhibitions and four group exhibitions. Group exhibition venues include Diverse Works\, Houston\, TX\; MASS MoCA\, North Adams\, MA\; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art\, Ri dgefield\, CT\; the McDonough Museum of Art\, Youngstown\, OH\; the Wadswor th Atheneum Museum of Art\, Hartford\, CT\; The Cleveland Institute of Art\ ; and the Yale University School of Art\, New Haven\, CT. Solo exhibition v enues include Swarm Gallery\, Oakland\, CA\; Seton Gallery at the Universit y of New Haven\, CT\; Real Art Ways\, Hartford\, CT\; and ArtSpace\, New Ha ven\, CT. His work has been discussed in Art in America\, The Bos ton Globe\, The New York Times\, and Art Papers\, among o ther publications. In 2012\, he was awarded an artist fellowship from the C onnecticut Commission of the Arts and an artist resource trust grant from t he Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

DTEND:20121110 DTSTAMP:20141222T141228 DTSTART:20121011 GEO:40.7501774;-74.0041245 LOCATION:Mixed Greens Gallery\,531 W.26th St. \nNew York\, NY SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Night for Day\, Joseph Smolinski UID:240267 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121011T200000 DTSTAMP:20141222T141228 DTSTART:20121011T180000 GEO:40.7501774;-74.0041245 LOCATION:Mixed Greens Gallery\,531 W.26th St. \nNew York\, NY SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Night for Day\, Joseph Smolinski UID:240268 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR