August 14 - 28, 2021
From the organizers:
“Carl Smith’s gestural landscapes lead us into an affective, relational thought space and conversational panoply where possible explosion–explorations of a world of knowing–live and release their innermost thoughts, variations, and personal secrets. To behold the work is to be surrounded by it, to be “let in” to a world adorned only with itself, a courageous, playful and candid way of life, a story of many layers of a life in perpetual inquiry and expansion.
Thus, life as explosion–of inner states that are combustible, of dialogue as a way of being, and of progress that is constantly in motion, even at its clearest, most lucid thresholds. We see forms lose their inhibitions but not their context, contours that let fall away how others see them in order to become more fully themselves.
That’s what the unexplained looks like, a reckoning that only comes from the cacophony of silence. It’s as if he’s been waiting to tell us these things, the simultaneity, joy and multiplicity of experience, and the colors they travel on.
When you see or hear something you think you understand, some of it explodes in mystery. When you get closer, some of what you thought you knew becomes something else and you find yourself somewhere else. Some parts never explode but still invite you to a party where everything goes and nothing is silenced.
His whole world is never motionless, as if moving were the only meaningful way to survive. He shows us things we may not have recognized in ourselves but know to be true—something without words, where the living tells the story, and we see and hear its many truths.
-Shelley Herbert, poet “
Reception: August 14, 2021 | 7–10 pm
2023 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, 78702 TexasGet directions