Northampton, MA 01060
The Greatest Show on Earth will feature the Greatest Paintings of All Time;
A selection of never before seen anamorphic images of curiosities which are guaranteed to take your breath away, and return it minty fresh.
Fletcher Smith from 6-9pm. We’ll have refreshments on hand. Refreshments will be served. Fletcher Smith’s work will be on display during the month of October/November.
Remember the invention of the happy face symbol? Well if you do, you’re dating yourself. It first appeared in 1971 and has barely been out of fashion since. Fletcher Smith, who has borrowed from pop culture icons since his East Village days, has re-purposed smiley to literally make a point. Is this some punishing beachwear, or a proposed symbol for the “age of nice?” Does Smiley have a darker side? In any case, it’s nice to know you can still buy happiness.
“When Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446) invented and mathematically described the artistic technique of geometrical perspective, he revolutionized painting, allowing
for the naturalistic representation of unified scenes. Anamorphism—distorted projections or drawings that become visible when viewed from a particular perspective or with a special mirror—was a natural outgrowth of his intense interest in visual perspective. The scientist-artists of the period—Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) and Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)—attempted to apply mathematical and physical principles to the art of perspective, considering cases of extreme perspective (optic anamorphosis) and distortions produced by reflection in mirrors of various forms (dioptric anamorphosis).”
— Jim Hunt “Anamorphic Art in the Time of Shakespeare”