Lucien Smith Seven Rain Paintings
Lucien Smith’s Seven Rain Paintings presents seven of his recent rain paintings surrounded by an installation of wood chips and sound. The individual paintings examine the proximity between artist and yield, and broach conversations of gesture as related to the genre of spontaneous expression. Contrary to theories concerning accidental marks, these canvases, fully orchestrated in their execution, maintain intimacy because of the artist’s intent.
Smith conceived and completed the Rain Painting series in rural Upstate New York, where he relocated his studio for one year. This experience of seclusion, or disconnection from city-life, resulted in a re-connection with the natural environment and a greater understanding of human temperament. These works, referencing the pattern of precipitation both in their final application and through the method by which the medium is applied to the surface, literally illustrate the effect of coalescence, but also convey a palpable sense of emotional meditation – idiosyncratic and solemn.
Outwardly, the Rain Paintings associate with anti-figurative and non-objective practice, yet Smith’s exhibition argues with generalizations, such as the aesthetic of chance. Through thoughtful utilization of particular elements within the gallery, he creates a relational environment for the paintings to activate, thus challenging passive experience. For example, layered sound, played via portable stereos, produces a composition of white noise that audibly describes what the paintings optically communicate.
DatesSeptember 15 - October 20, 2012
Opening ReceptionSaturday, September 15, 6-8pm
Location937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
All images: Seven Rain Paintings, 2012. Photography courtesy of Morán Morán