Shinique Smith


Brooklyn-based artist Shinique Smith recently presented an exhibition titled “Open Strings” with the Skestos Gabriele Gallery in Chicago. The artist produces her works through the collection and accumulation of objects, which are often autobiographical and taken from several decades and generations of use. Smith binds many of these found objects in a ritualistic process that reconnects the meaning and physical qualities of each piece. Through cross-relating her materials, Smith is able to investigate identity and personal history through painting, drawing and sculpture, while formally referencing the energy found in much of abstract expressionism and traditional graffiti. Smith received her BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and attended Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Recent exhibitions include, works with Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis, Minn., and “No Dust No Stain,” which was curated by Sara Reisman, and exhibited with Cuchifritos Gallery in New York. In ’06-’07, Smith was included in “Altered, Stitched, and Gathered,” an exhibition with PS1 in New York City that explored familiar objects and social practices through a variety of artists working with a deliberate methodology.