My Paintings Are My Children
February 11 – March 12, 1994
Opening Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 pm February 11, 1994.
Wayne Smith’s exhibit, My Paintings Are My Children presents the artist’s fascination and concern over the various failures of late twentieth century culture: issues of masculine identity, our estrangement from “nature” and “the landscape,” and the collective sense of future-dread. Employing irony and humor, Smith both distances and immerses the viewer in the issues surrounding his work. In the mezzanine gallery the 20 “found’ paintings are framed in a shadow-box format and are recontextualised via images and text sandblasted into the glass. Smith describes this form of presentation as ‘manipulatively attempting to create a feeling of suspended time that is poignant, nostalgic and wholly stagnant.”