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Dean Smith/M Kitchell Tape Split, 2017

A cassette tape spilt of field recordings by Dean Smith and original compositions by M Kitchell was released by Void Editions, July 2017 in a edition of 66. The tape split includes a full color 3 panel insert featuring reproductions of collages by Smith.
Audio samples and purchasing information can be found here.

focusing, graphite on paper, 2002

focusing, 2002, in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY, is featured in the group exhibition, Drawing: The Beginning of Everything at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery from July 8 - October 15, 2017.

The Future Eve

Curated by Jared Baxter, The Future Eve explores the relationship between technology and the body and features video, sculpture, drawing, installation and sound by 5 California-based artists: Robert Crouch, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Karen Lofgren, Yann Novak and Dean Smith. The Future Eve is the title of a science fiction novel from 1886 by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam and is credited with popularizing the term "android." The exhibition on view from January 28 - March 4, 2017 at the Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles raises provocative questions about autonomy, mediation, and sentience.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full color catalog with an essay by Jared Baxter and available here.

Art Talks Again Interview with Dean Smith

Bay Area painter Gina Borg and multimedia artist and member of the storied performance and recording group, Negativland, Peter Conheim joined Smith in his West Oakland studio for a conversation about painting, drawing, film, the perception of spirituality in art, working with Bruce Conner, and wasp nests.

environment #2, collage of found images, 2014

Artist and critic, Maria Porges' essay, Dean Smith: An Appreciation took stock of Smith's recent exhibition Entrance at Anglim Gilbert Gallery, describing the show as "a chance to seize control of time by inviting us to join in a slow, rich meditation on an idea as it unfolds to its conclusion."

Dean Smith, Entrance at Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Anglim Gilbert Gallery presented Entrance a solo exhibition of new works by Dean Smith from December 7, 2016 - January 14, 2017. This presentation featured three distinct but interrelated bodies of work used to engage space through black and white abstract imagery. In the gallery installation, his sixth solo show at the gallery, Smith interweaved with delicate precision these varied explorations in drawing and collage. In Smith's longest ongoing drawing series, intooutof & focusing, his hand builds up a labor-intensive field of tiny marks, painstakingly applied to create shapes of stippled graphite pattern. Seeming to expand and contract, the drawings form tension between flowing process and fixed structure. This series invites patient discovery, suggesting links and contrasts between the organic and geometric. Smith's environment collage series speaks to his long friendship with Bruce Conner. This suite of collages was created from source material (found engraving book illustrations) Smith inherited from Conner. Over the past eight years since Conner's death, he has evolved this series focusing on a quality of abstracted space, unlike Conner's imagery evoking socio/political/spiritual themes. The most recent works in the show, labyrinths, relate to movement and displacement, evoking the perceptual language essential to architecture, maps, magic sigils and even electronic circuitry and chip technology. Smith salvaged vintage paper upon which he creates faint poetic structures, delicately drawn elemental forms without directed meaning. Smith also produced several of these schematic 'apparitions,' void of temporal association or sentiment, in another format, traditional chalk gessoed wood panels.

Haunted Formalism at Del Vaz Projects

VOLUME and Del Vaz Projects presented Haunted Formalism, an exhibition of new works by Bay Area artists Nicole Phungrasamee Fein and Dean Smith, curated by VOLUME member Jared Baxter from October 7-28, 2016. The show was accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalog designed by Impossible Void with contributions from curator Jared Baxter, the award-winning poet and translator Norma Cole, and Bay Area author M Kitchell. VOLUME also presented a full, thematic event program that ran concurrently with the show at Del Vaz. This program took full advantage of the possibilities of working in an apartment gallery to offer a unique series of intimate experiences designed for a small audience. The events explored the theme of haunting not just as an irreducible ambivalence between life and death, but in the broader sense of works and practices that exist between and confound ostensibly contradictory binary categories, such as that of performer and audience, virtual and real, and even time and space.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalog designed by Impossible Void with contributions from curator Jared Baxter, the award-winning poet and translator Norma Cole, and Bay Area author M Kitchell and is available here.

Communal Nude by Robert Gluck

Robert Glück's essay, "Many Infinities," originally published in the catalogue produced for the occasion of Smith's solo exhibition at Christopher Grimes Gallery in 2001, is included in Glück's new book of collected essays, Communal Nude published by Semiotext(e)/Active Agents, 2016.

BRUCE CONNER: IT'S ALL TRUE catalog and Bruce Conner and Dean Smith, Untitled, 2008

Dean Smith's essay, "More Rocks," a personal take on Bruce Conner's drawings and engraving collages, is featured in the retrospective catalogue, BRUCE CONNER: IT'S ALL TRUE published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with University of California Press. Also featured in the catalog is a reproduction of Conner's and Smith's collaborative engraving collage, UNTITLED, 2008 that is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

Paule Anglim
A memorial exhibition commemorating 50 years of support and collaboration, May 7th through June 27th, 2015

The staff and artists of Gallery Paule Anglim present "RETROSPECTIVE", an exhibition in tribute to Paule Anglim and her passionate commitment to artists. The memorial exhibition will bring together artworks from 5 decades of Paule Anglim's shows and public art projects.
Born and educated in the French Canadian province of Quebec, Paule Anglim came to San Francisco as a young woman with a degree in Sociology and a plan to work with Catholic Social Services. Her life gravitated to the fine arts and architecture, and she began her business Architectural Art Service in the 1960's. Working with prominent architects she pioneered sculptural commissions by Alexander Calder, Claire Falkenstein, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi and others for public sites from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. In the 1970's she opened Gallery Paule Anglim in North Beach, relocating it in 1982 to its present location, 14 Geary, in the center of San Francisco.
She provided an important venue for nationally and internationally known artists, and championed women artists, among them Ida Applebroog, Deborah Butterfield, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Sue Coe, Jay DeFeo, Ann Hamilton, Lynn Hershman, Mildred Howard, Judith Linhares, Annette Messager, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Gay Outlaw, Clare Rojas, Carolee Schneemann, Jeanne Silverthorne, Frances Stark, Carrie Mae Weems and Hannah Wilke. Her love of painting brought forth a rich stream of beautiful exhibitions and advocacy for Anne Appleby, Robert Bechtle, Christopher Brown, James Brown, Dan Connally, Louise Fishman, Charles Garabedian, David Hannah, Jack Jefferson, John Meyer, Tomas Nakada, Brett Reichman, Milton Resnick, James Rosen, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, Katherine Sherwood, Hassel Smith, Xiaoze Xie, Robert Yarber and John Zurier. Known for her intuition and risk-taking program, she gave opportunities to new forms and voices like John Beech, Nayland Blake, Dean Byington, Jerome Caja, Carter, Enrique Chagoya, Ala Ebtekar, Vincent Fecteau, Tim Hawkinson, Komar & Melamid, Tony Oursler, J. John Priola, Rigo 23, Dean Smith, Canan Tolon and William Tucker.
Gallery Paule Anglim gained the reputation as a forum for the vanguard of post-war artists historically gathered under the rubric San Francisco Beat. Her gallery produced one-person shows and a series of group called "SIGHT VISION", featuring Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, Jess and their circle. A second locus of creativity was the San Francisco Conceptual Art group of artists whose work was gathered regularly in the series of exhibitions "SOLID CONCEPT" including Terry Fox, Howard Fried, Sharon Grace, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Tony Labat, Tom Marioni and Mark Thompson.

Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery Joe presents its final exhibition in Old City, Philadelphia. Bye Bye Old City: The Last Picture Show opens on Saturday, May 2 and runs for two weeks, through May 16, 2015, a celebration of 22 years of exhibitions. Over thirty artists who have shown at the gallery through the years will participate. Artists include: Jill Baroff, Astrid Bowlby, Emily Brown, Lynne Clibanoff, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Roland Flexner, Jacob El Hanani, Christine Hiebert, Kristin Holder, Marilyn Holsing, Sharka Hyland, Xylor Jane, Mary Judge, Gil Kerlin, Winifred Lutz, Rob Matthews, Linn Meyers, James Nelson, Jill O'Bryan, Alex Paik, Charles Ritchie, Harry Roseman, Mia Rosenthal, Sebastian Rug, Samantha Simpson, Mark Sheinkman, Dean Smith, German Stegmaier, Allyson Strafella, Lynne Woods Turner and Joan Waltemath.

Blackbird's Castle, 2008-2009

Blackbird's Castle, 2008-2009, Smith's collaborative engraving collage with Bruce Conner was featured in the exhibition, YES! Glue: A Half-Century of Collage by Bruce and Jean Conner, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, April 4 through May 24, 2015.

Miami Project Art Fair 2012

Gallery Paule Anglim will be showing a selection of the oil & wax paintings at Miami Project Art Fair, Booth #407, December 2-7, 2014.

video mandala IV, 2010 was presented in un.bound.ed an exhibition of genre-crossing works investigating form, perception, and cognition at Root Division, San Francisco. Curator-artists Brent Hallard and Don Voisine, have brought together a diverse group artists from six cities across the globe whose work challenges the relationship between perception and preconception in contemporary formal painting, sculpture, and video work. These works cross the finite boundaries of discipline or media, in many cases subverting art historical traditions of abstraction and non-objective work. A folio featuring signed artist prints and an essay by Joan Waltemath accompanies the exhibition on view from November 5 - 22, 2014.

intooutof, 2001 [detail] is featured on the cover of John Coletti's new book of poems, Deep Code published by City Lights Books.

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the Fall 2014 Season: a two person show of paintings by Dean Smith presented with new ceramic sculptures by Annabeth Rosen. Each artist's body of work would in its own right make a beautiful presentation. Together, they create an engaging dialogue about the hand of the artist and materiality. The paintings by Dean Smith comprise a unique body of work made in the 1990's. Ranging from small canvases to larger paintings (60" X 50"), all feature Smith's unique technique of oil and wax that interweaves the two media in an entrancing marbled effect. The small tabletop sculptures of Annabeth Rosen are elaborate mounds of clay, glaze and salt, fired in a 'salt flux' technique triggering a self-glazing ceramic. In her own innovation, Rosen mixes chemistry and clay into one form, allowing heat, salt and chemical interaction to bring the glaze to the surface. The exhibition runs from September 3 - October 7, 2014.

Four Figures curated by Tom Knechtle, at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills is a conversation between four very different bodies of drawings with compelling resonances. The show takes its title from Nancy Grossman's large drawing in which a woman and two satyrs preen and pose while a fourth figure sprawls on its back, its legs akimbo. This sets off sympathetic vibrations with Benjamin Weissman's intimate narrative works in which men and women veer between hilarity and melancholy, drawn with a responsive line that equally partakes of the delicate and the coarse. Intimacy, narrative, delicacy and rawness are touchstones of Mira Schor's masks - books from the 1970s, faces whose pages are covered with scrawled dreams, diagrams, powdered pigment and gold. The abstraction inherent in the concise forms of Schor's masks and the whiplash lines with which Grossman draws her figures find a fellow traveler in the mandalas of Dean Smith, in which kinetic marks form swirling, hypnotic patterns reference cosmological forces and the human body. On view from July 12 - August 16, 2014.

Summer in Black and White ...And Color: Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to present a group exhibition of works by artists of the gallery. The Black & White exhibition celebrates the wealth of possibilities found within the realm of a colorless palette. Drawings in ink and graphite by Robert Bechtle, Bruce Conner, Joan Brown, and Jess, photography by Lynn Hershman and John Priola and paintings by Canan Tolon, Anne Appleby and David Ireland are some of the b/w delights presented. This exploration of the graphic discipline extends to the conceptual designs of Paul Kos and Tom Marioni and the realized thought processes of Gay Outlaw, Dean Smith and Frances Stark. The ...And Color presentation offers a conversation between works where color is part of the subject, in direct expression. Both exhibitions run concurrently from June 4 through August 16, 2014.

Sightlines is a group exhibition of works by Dean Smith, Jill Downen, Frank Trankina, and Ann Pibal curated by American University faculty member Tim Doud. Doud structured the show around artists he met in different contexts and at different points in his career. Each of the artists included in this exhibit, often retrospectively, expanded Doud's line of sight. On view at the American University Art Museum at the Katzen Center for the Arts, Washington, DC from January 25 to March 16, 2014.

Unseen is the inaugural exhibition of CULT, a new gallery in San Francisco for cutting edge work by emerging and established artists from November 10 - December 21, 2013. Unseen investigates subtle and hidden forces in the works of Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea McKenna and Dean Smith. Abstraction is employed by each of these artists through sacred geometry, psychedelia, physical phenomena and ethereal light. The exhibition was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle and was a SFAQ Pick.

Incline Gallery, San Francisco presented Space: 1999, a group exhibition curated by Randy Colosky featuring the work of Colosky, Chris Fraser, Sandra Ono and Dean Smith. Each of the artists involved used everyday materials in innovative ways to explore and explain the mysterious and beautiful. The exhibition ran from October 11 - November 22, 2013 and was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle and in SFAQ.

Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art curated by Melissa Feldman traveled to its final destination at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art and was on display from August 4 - September 29, 2013.

still from video mandala IV

video mandalas III, IV and V were presented in the video/film program, Thinking Like the Universe at Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA February 20, 2013. The screening was organized by Julio Cesar Morales and Aimee Friberg.

Miami Project Art Fair 2012

Gallery Paule Anglim exhibited selected drawings at the Miami Project Art Fair, December 4-9.

Editions|Artists Book Fair 2012, New York

steganographic memories, a suite of six photogravures published by New West Editions will be featured at New West Editions' booth at the Editions|Artists Book Fair 2012 in New York, November 1-4.

Krowswork presents, DocumentO, a group exhibition of visual art coming out of Oakland in 2012. The art included captures the energetic, radical, and creative Oakland zeitgeist. The show is organized as an unofficial satellite of Documenta 13, taking place from June 9-September 18 in Kassel, Germany. Featured artists include: Dean Smith, Randy Colosky, Desiree Holman, John Zurier, Anthony Discenza, Terri Bowden and others. The exhibition runs from June 22- July 1, 2012.

three manifestations of anaglyphic space reception at Gallery Paule Anglim

The recent edition of anaglyphic prints published by Magnolia Editions were presented in a solo exhibition, three manifestations of anaglyphic space, at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, April 4 - 28, 2012.

Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art curated by Melissa Feldman traveled to California State University Sacramento, University Library Gallery from December 2, 2011 - February 25, 2012.

Two drawings were included in the group exhibition, Absence/Presence: Contemporary Abstraction at Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA, November 3 - December 11, 2011.

Better A LIve Ass Than A Dead Lion announcement

The exhibition, Better a Live Ass Than a Dead Lion, curated by David Kasprzak, at Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco, October 8 - November 5, 2011, featured three photogravures from the series, steganographic memories.

steganographic memories suite of prints

steganographic memories, a suite of six photogravures was published by New West Editions in an edition of 10, with 3 AP, 1 PP and 1 archive proof.

intooutof #5, 2009 was included in the exhibition, Chase The Tear, curated by Timothy Buckwalter at NIAD in Richmond, CA, June 20 through August 19, 2011.

Dean Smith was a guest speaker at the San Francisco Art Institute's Summer 2011 Graduate Lecture Series.

Art Practical online magazine

The online arts journal, Art Practical, Issue 2.17: Stored Energy features, Interview with Dean Smith by Bruno Fazzolari.

Gallery Joe installation view

Gallery Joe presented a two-person show of drawings by Mark Sheinkman and Dean Smith from March 19 through April 30, 2011. The exhibition was reviewed in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Weekly. The show was also selected as Editor's Pick in the April edition of New American Paintings Blog.

thought form #11, 2005 was on display in the exhibition, Abstract Now and Then at the Berkeley Art Museum from February 16 - April 17, 2011.

Pulse Miami Art Fair 2010

Gallery Joe of Philadelphia featured works from the accumulation series at Pulse Art Fair, Miami, December 2-5, 2010.

Bill Berkson book cover, For the Ordinary Artist

The essay Dean Smith in Action is included in poet and critic, Bill Berkson's latest collection of art criticism, For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces & More.

Afterglow catalog

The drawings focusing #3, 2008 and sunspot, 2006, and recent videos from the series, video mandalas were presented in the group exhibition, Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art curated by Melissa Feldman at the Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, September 23 - October 20, 2010. The exhibition was reviewed by Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Three drawings were included in the group exhibition, Paper!Awesome! curated by Brion Nuda Rosch at Baer Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco, February 20 - March 27, 2010. ARTtslant, San Francisco Review.

The drawings, thought form #11, 2005 and untitled (a2), 2007 were recently acquired by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco respectively.

MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art book cover

The project Dean Smith / MATRIX 201b (black hole sun #3 - x-ray vision) is featured in the recent publication, MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art, edited by Elizabeth Thomas, with contributions by Bill Arning, Jens Hoffmann, Michael Auping, Jordan Kantor, Constance Lewallen, and Lawrence Rinder.

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