Shinique Smith

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Shinique Smith, Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert Paris, New York

Yvon Lambert in New York is currently showing recent work by American multimedia artist Shinique Smith alongside a show of Michael Brown’s melted record albums cast into common domestic objects, such as chairs, mops, and buckets. Smith’s exhibition, Ten Times Myself, includes painting, assemblage, and sculpture. Smith is interested in discarded objects and the complicated social and cultural contexts of what we keep, give away, and throw away. The artist’s anthropomorphic bundles of vibrantly hued textiles are on display as well as the more dynamic two-dimensional works.

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Shinique Smith, Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert Paris, New York

Her two-dimensional collages fuse the bombastic energy of Abstract Expressionism with the more subtle scripts of Japanese calligraphy. And the World Don’t Stop, 2009, combines ink, acrylic, enamel, fabric, and cultural ephemera on canvas stretched over two wood panels. The work bursts with an energy that is tempered by the artist’s careful and controlled placement of text and imagery. These elements combine and produce a forceful but delicate movement across the composition.

Smith received her M.F.A. in 2003 from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has previously shown her work at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, and at the New Museum and P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center in New York. This is her first solo show at Yvon Lambert New York.

Ten Times Myself and Michael Brown’s An Object is Just Material will remain at the gallery until July 31, 2009.