“Portraits of Point Lobos”

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“Portrait #5”, 2019 Archival Pigment Print: Edition Of 2 Of 14 13.25" X 20" © Robert Smith
“Portrait #3”, , 2019 Archival Pigment Print: Edition Of 2 Of 14 20" X 13.25" © Robert Smith
"Portrait #4”, , 2019 Archival Pigment Print: Edition Of 2 Of 14. 20" X 13.25" © Robert Smith
“Portraits of Point Lobos”

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
March 26th - April 20th
Opening: March 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6
free admission



“Portraits of Point Lobos”

March 26 - April 20, 2019

Opening Reception, Thursday, March 28th, 6 - 8 p.m.

Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present “Portraits of
Point Lobos,” an exhibition of surrealistic color photographs by Robert Smith. The
exhibition spans March 26th to April 20th, 2019 with an opening
reception, Thursday, March 28th, 6 - 8 p.m.

These archival pigment prints reveal a figurative narrative rarely
seen as a series in the undisturbed natural landscape. At Point Lobos,
just south of Carmel, California on the Monterey Peninsula, we have a
magnificent natural area that has attracted photographers and other
artists mostly for its vistas, scenes and many life forms inhabiting
its shores and crevices. However, Smith wants you to become aware of
something else, the closeup tidal rock and sandstone that speaks a
different language, the attendant and magical storytelling language
translates to closeup images recognizable, principally as faces, and
other portraits as seen in his mind’s eye. Although the images are
labeled simply by number, can you spot the biker, the ship’s captain,
the serpent and “one-eye”?

Smith attributes his special way of seeing to the practice of Sensory
Awareness, a discipline offering the gift of living more in the
present moment that informs his vision. It’s been called the “Western
Zen.” His insight came with the realization of the connection of
living in the moment and taking a photograph in a fraction of a
second. Ever since, working with minimal equipment and only one lens,
a normal focal length macro, he has explored and discovered with
fascination, the never ending visual potential of that which is close
by and not seen, that you would just walk past.

Smith has two major bodies of work, one from Point Lobos and the other
from a Maine coastal island where, at his summer studio, he leads
“Steps to Seeing” Sensory Awareness walks to share his vision and give
others the opportunity to see more. By offering a window onto the
nearby, he illuminates the possibility that we can say “yes” to the
wonder of the richness of our natural environment.

Robert Smith has had a wide range of solo and group exhibitions and
his photographs are in numerous private collections worldwide, on six



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