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“Kathy Smith: Transition Spaces 12.1” will open April 24 in the Rosemary Berkel and
Harry L. Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. May 4, with a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through June 17.
Smith’s Transition Spaces exhibition will consist of a new series of paintings and drawings exploring her favorite films. Her development of a painting or drawing is first to photograph the film “moments” with a digital camera while viewing the movie on a television. The shots are edited until an image is found with which she directly connects. “My intent is to draw the viewer directly and powerfully into the story or content of the piece,” Smith said. “To me, film is about character development and the telling of a story using the basic design principles inherent in all the visual arts. I am a fan of directors such as Hitchcock, Selznick, Ford, Wilder and Powell, mostly in the way they shot an angle, framed the composition of each still, and worked the lighting to express the drama of a moment. Over the years, I have watched the same films repeatedly, always fascinated by them and never tiring of them. I wanted to know why. I wanted to explore how certain film stills drew me into the story and why my reactions after seeing the film were always changing.”
The works in this exhibition use color or the lack of it as a way to dramatize light or enhance the expressionist aspect of the images, she said. The process of recreating a film still is highly personal, and once started, the image takes on a life of its own. The original screenplay from which the film still is derived becomes irrelevant, rather, it is the natural evolution of the painting or drawing that is most important, she said. Smith is the foundations coordinator and assistant professor of art at Southeast. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a master of fine arts degree from Michigan State University.
Smith maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include “ATC Exhibition,” Richmond Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada; “Book Art,” University of Hampton, Manchester, England; “9 Viridian Artists,” Onward Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; “8 Viridian Artists,” MOPRA Gallery, Lyons, France; “New Member and Affiliates,” Viridian Artists, Inc., Chelsea, NY; “Sketchbook Project: Digital Library and Touring Exhibition,” Brooklyn Museum Library, NY; “Art From Detritus,” Viridian Artists, Inc., Chelsea, New York, N.Y.; “Below the Surface,” The Sketchbook Project, Atlanta, Ga; “Theme: Homage a Rayjohnbunn”, H215 Gallery, New York, N.Y.; “Schwa Show 08,” Emerge Gallery and Art Center, Greenville, N.C.; and “Girl Talk,” Diesel Gallery, New York, N.Y.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours until May 11: Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends: 1-4 p.m. Summer hours begin May 14: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends: 1-4 p.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 651-2260.