For over 25 years Dean Smith’s work has investigated the aesthetics of wonder. His paintings, drawings, films and work with photography are inspired by an impulse to create new images, forms not seen before which hover between concepts of object, event and symbol. His process explores conventions and distinctions, playing with the oppositions of geometry/biology, expansion/contraction, concrete/speculative, micro/macro.
Smith’s work has been exhibited internationally. His drawings are represented in the permanent collections of many museums including The British Museum, The Hammer Museum (UCLA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) and the Berkeley Art Museum (UC Berkeley.)
Smith’s untitled anaglyph compositions are based on original drawings and then manipulated digitally to produce a complex image occupying virtual three-dimensional space when viewed with red/cyan 3-D eyeglasses. Smith examines the nature and mystery of perception by inviting the viewer to observe their mind slowly rendering each image, revealing angled planes and curved receding surfaces; certain forms defy rational space and seem enclosed or in front of others.
– Gallery Paule Anglim