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Ed Smiley

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20121206060740-sun-illumined_lantern_held_in_midnight_by_the_master_of_the_show
Sun-illumined Lantern Held In Midnight by the Master of the Show, 2012 Acrylic and Scanned Modified Images and Acrylic Xerography Transfer on Canvas 24" H X 30" W © Ed Smiley
20121206061117-all_too_jagged_emperor_of_the_alley
All Too Jagged Emperor of the Alley, 2012 Acrylic and Scanned Modified Images and Acrylic Xerography Transfer on Canvas 20" H X 24" W © Ed Smiley
20110706221723-the_undulations_of_august
The Undulations of August, 2011 Acrylic, Acrylic Xerography Transfer Scanned Images on Canvas 24"W X 20H © Ed Smiley 2011
20110706223330-misspelled_worlds_enough_and_thyme
Misspelled World Enough and Thyme, 2011 Acrylic, Acrylic Xerography Transfer Scanned Images on Canvas 24"H X20"W © Ed Smiley 2011
20110706223137-purple_pastorale
Purple Pastorale, 2011 Acrylic, Acrylic Xerography Transfer Scanned Images on Canvas 24"W X 20"H © Ed Smiley 2011
20110706222817-planetary_clowns
Planetary Clowns, 2010 Acrylic, Acrylic Transfer Scanned Images, Crushed Charcoal, Acrylic Drawing Transfer, Vellum on Canvas 20"H X 16"W © Ed Smiley 2010
20110706223806-chlorophyllosophy
Chlorophyllosophy, 2011 Acrylic, Acrylic Xerography Transfer Scanned Images on Canvas 24"H X20"W © Ed Smiley 2011
20110706224042-no_tongue_can_know
No Tongue Can Know, 2010 Acrylic 20"H X 16"W © Ed Smiley 2010
20110706224758-invertebrate_foxtrot
Invertebrate Foxtrot, 2009 Gouache, Charcoal, and Pastel on Archival Watercolor Paper © Ed Smiley 2009
20110706224255-oceana_pacifica
Oceana Pacifica, 2010 Acrylic 20"H X 16"W © Ed Smiley 2010
20110706225039-els-4
Mister Orange Julius Tries the Tango, 2009 Gouache © Ed Smiley 2009
20110706230813-me
Quick Facts
Lives in
Santa Cruz CA
Works in
Santa Cruz CA
Tags
abstract, xerography mixed-media, modern, digital, conceptual
Statement

I am a California native and a long time Santa Cruz resident. I  have been working in Santa Cruz California and showing for many years.  My recent work is primarily in acrylic and gouache, collage, charcoal and pastel, much of it incoporating electronic images  as well.   I have also exhibited works in oil, alkyd, silkscreen, intaglio, collage, xerography, assemblage and kinetic light boxes.

My current work incorporates acrylic transfer of xerography, newspapers, maps, digitally modified images, digital printing, drawings, pastels, and other objects combined in various ways with acrylic mediums and paints--yet I am also endeavoring to reinvent for myself what it means to paint.

I am attracted to the poetic, the elusive, the non-sequitur.  I am attracted to things that can't easily be put into words. I am attracted to things that cannot be made into images of known things that can easily be put into words.

For me abstraction is not only a means of removing things, it is also a means of adding them; it is a way of overloading, of creating multiple layers of meaning and implication.  

I dream of energy as both bound and content, form and gesture, drawing and color, surface and depth.

I delight in subverting a line and turning it into a shape, turning a shape into an outline, and playing in the shifting in-between world where no one thing is purely one thing or unequivocally in front of another, seeking just that flow of endless energy.

If it is sometimes hard to tell where the painted brushstoke begins and the digital manipulation ends, all the better.  The image sources may be the gesture of my hand, poured and peeled paint, digital distortions of other paintings, fabrics, fractal generator programs and found objects, or made by moving the images through a scanner, but there they are again, form and gesture, color and line, always new.  

Recent shows:

  • Santa Cruz Watercolor Society Show, "Best of the Central Coast", Santa Cruz CA, March 2008
  • One Man Show, "Joyous Convulsions", Firefly, Santa Cruz CA, November 2008
  • Santa Cruz Art League, "Local Essence", Santa Cruz CA, April 2009
  • Santa Cruz Art League, "Luck of the Draw", Santa Cruz CA, December 2008
  • One Man Show, "The Waves", Mr. Toots, Capitola CA, May 2009
  • Santa Cruz Art League, Juried Show, "National Drawing and Sculpture", Santa Cruz CA, December 2009
  • One Man Show, “Recent Works”, Sockshop and Shoe Company, Santa Cruz CA, January 2010
  • One Man Show, “Stroke of Luck”, Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz CA, February 2010
  • Santa Cruz Art League, "Local Essence", Santa Cruz CA, February 2010
  • Santa Cruz Watercolor Society Show, "Best of the Central Coast", Santa Cruz CA, March 2010
  • One Man Show, Santa Cruz Office of Education, Santa Cruz CA, May-July 2010
  • One Man Show, Santa Cruz Library, Santa Cruz CA, May-June 2010
  • Santa Cruz Art League, Juried Show, “Transference of Light”, Santa Cruz CA, July 2010
  • International Association of Acrylic Painters, Juried Show, Santa Cruz CA, August  2010
  • Santa Cruz County Fair, Visual Arts Pavilion, Watsonville CA September 2010
  • Luck of the Draw  Group Show Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz CA        November  2011
  • This is Santa Cruz         Group Show    Santa Cruz Art League December2010 -January  2011
  • Recent Paintings  One Man Show        Santa Cruz Art League Lobby            February -March 2011
  • Local Essence   Group Show    Sant Cruz Art League                         February -March  2011
  • Abstract             Juried Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA         March -April, 2011
  • Undulations        One Man Show           Swirl, Santa Cruz CA                         May -July 2011
  • ISAP Invitational Exhibition for Signature Members   Invitational     Paso Robles    September-October 2011