“We are born of light. The seasons are felt through light. We only know the world as it is evoked by light”. Louis Kahn
My current endeavor is to capture our changing planet. Consequently, my artwork examines patterns in our environment—urban and industrial as well as natural. I’m interested in the changing intersection between place in city or nature. As an artist, I feel a responsibility to address these changes and the environmental impacts they have had in the California fire-driven eroding mountains, deserts and coastlines.
My latest series is titled Equipoise/Vapours. In these paintings, I make reference to a world that is constantly changing via incredible leaps of technology and unbelievable strains upon the environment. This has caused me to ask, “How we can arrive at a place where balance has been found between technology and nature?“
At what point do we begin to realize that we are not moving through a passive landscape? In both of these painting series, I imagine portraits of the organisms capable of lasting thousand of years, shining a light on our planet’s resilience in the face of human intervention. My work is a reflection that describes the complex counterbalance of asymmetries found in the dynamic forces of nature
and a more sustainable way to relate to the Earth.
‘Vapours’ Works on aluminum that filter perception through the lens of nature, and lived experience. Smith’s observations to recreate the transcendence of quiet moments—the play of light witnessed on hikes in the Icelandic mountains that celebrate the sublime in the quotidien. The ephemeral as seen through the bubbling Vapourous forms of the circular light and color in the ineffable Icelandic landscape. Wrapped Shapes bounded by curves that describe the continuous transitions of light and color.
‘Light Patterns’ series reference this dynamic relationship primarily through the juxtaposition of dense color layers within an abstract geometric compositional structure. The color layers composed of meticulously organized dots form cloud like patterns of light, which flow through and across the geometric boundaries of the surface. This series creates an idiomatic language that Smith created to communicate the ephemeral interplay of light and the tangible structure of the physical world. Richly textured patterns of color simultaneously define and erode the geometric boundaries within the paintings.
‘Equipoise’ series explores balance, examining ‘Patterns’ in our environment – Her work is a reflection which describes the complex ‘counterbalance’ of asymmetries found in the dynamic forces of nature and a way to relate to the Earth. Subtle variations of complementary hues and warm and cool rhythms of light create an equivalence on all sides of the canvas. Later paintings describe the complex ‘counterbalance’ of asymmetries found in the dynamic forces of nature. These bold and colorful paintings explore counterbalance through tensions between radially symmetrical compositions of geometric parts and dynamic color as light. However as in her ‘Light Patterns’ series, the order of symmetry and geometry is strongly counterbalanced by oppositional color patterns and layering of lively painterly color shape.
‘V-Series’ geometry references the sensuality in the abstract. Cultural conceptions of sexual identity sexual fulfillment and their part in the promised good life of consumer choice is under intense pressure. Understanding the role of sexuality and gender play in our consumption is a step towards making informed decisions about our lives and the lives of those that know us, care for us and sometimes make love with us. Through the emergence of light patterns this series refocuses and celebrates this Victorious Sexuality. Smith likes to think these paintings dialogue with one another through the interaction of light patterns and geometric abstraction, which ultimately represents the synthesis and freedom of female intimacy.
Kerrie Smith is a Los Angeles-Santa Barbara based artist who returned to painting in 2015 and has been working and currently exhibiting her artwork in Southern California. Originally from England, she earned a BA with Honors in Theater and 3-D Design and has worked as a theater designer in England, France, Holland and the United States collaborating with directors/designers Richard Eyre, Pamela Howard OBE, Ralph Koltai OBE, Ken Russell, John Tillinger and John Wells.
Smith moved to California in the 1990s and raised her family in Santa Barbara.
In 2001, she founded a non-profit organization named Art Walk for Kids/Adults with outreach programs for artists with disabilities. She also created an art curriculum approved by the Santa Barbara County Art Commission for at-risk kids and the Hope District Schools. Her programs received Congressional Awards from Assembly Woman Lois Capps and Congresswoman Hannah Beth Jackson.
She is a member of the Westmont Arts Council, Santa Barbara Abstract Arts Collective, Los Angeles Art Association, National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art.
2010 Studies Painting with Rafael Perea De La Cabada, Santa Barbara City College, CA
2008 Studies Painting/Printmaking, Santa Barbara City College, CA
2007 Studies Painting with Jorgen Hansen, Santa Barbara, CA
2006 Studies Non-Profit Leadership at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
1983 BA Honors, Central Saint Martins, London, England
1979 AA The Park Art School, Yeovil, Somerset, England
1978 Diploma TV/Media Studies, Yeovil College, England
WEB GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
Artsy Gallery https://www.artsy.net/artist/kerrie-smith
Member: Westmont Ridley-Tree Musum of Art, Arts Council, Santa Barbara. www.westmont.edu
Member: Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art www.nationalwca.org
Member: National Museum of Women in The Arts www.nmwa.org
Member: Los Angeles Art Association www.laaa.org
Member: The Abstract Art Collective Santa Barbara www.abstractartcollective.com
Member: UAL: University of the Arts London England www.arts.ac.uk/
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2019 Core Contemporary Gallery, Las Vegas, Use The Other Door, Curator’s Nancy Good/ Kim Johnson Juried Show.
2018 Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, 100 Grand, Curator Nathan Vonk. By Invitation.
2018 Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara CA, Creative Hands, By Invitation.
2018. Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Abstract Open IV, Juror Nancy Gifford
2018. Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang CA, Nature Abstracted Juror’s Nathan Huff and Stacy Otte-Demangate. Juries Show
2018. Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. Equipoise, Solo Show.
2018. SoCal Gallery, Los Angeles, Pulse Of LA, SCWCA 2018. Juror Katherine Harvath.
2018. JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA, ArtSEE: AAC’s SEE International. Juror Kerry Methner.
2018. Avenue 50 Studio, LA Hear Our Voices! Juried Show, Curator Kathy Gallegos.
2018. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara CA Annual Tri- County Juried Show, Night & Day! Curated by Bob Alderette, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing in the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.
2018. Arena 1 Gallery Santa Monica, LA, Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice! Women’s Caucus For Art National Show, Juried & Curated by Jill Moniz.
2018.BG Gallery Santa Monica LA, Stripes-Curator Om Bleicher.
2018. Neutra Museum Gallery LA, Bowie. Juried & Curated by Dulce Stein.
2018. Wesmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara CA, Annual Small Works Auction By Invitation.
2017. Sullivan Goss Gallery Santa Barbara CA, 100 Grand, Curator Nathan Vonk. (By Invitation).
2017. Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery CA, Pop Bang Wow, Curator James Van Ardale. (By Invitation).
2017.Wall Space Gallery LA, Sizzle Summer Show, Curator Valda Lake (By Invitation).
2017. BG Gallery Bergamot Station LA, Spectrum Gestalt, Curator Om Bleicher (By invitation).
2017. Wall Space Gallery LA “That Blitz Mentality” Juror and Curator Valda Lake (By Invitation).
2017. Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, 3 Woman Show Driven to Abstraction, Curator William Fedderson.
2017. JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA, Abstract Arts Collective, ArtSee International, Juried show Curator Daniel Barnett.
2017. Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, AAC Abstract Open III Juried Exhibition Curator/Juror: Lynn M.Holley.
2017. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, AAC Abstract Open II, Juried Exhibition, Curator/Juror: Nancy Gifford.
2016. BLAM Los Angeles, The Night Opens, Curator Nadege Monchera Baer By Invitation.
2016. City Hall Santa Barbara CA, Mayors Office, Curator Joe LaCorte By Invitation.
2016. Casa Gallery Santa Barbara CA, Beyond Living Walls, Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.
2016. Casa Gallery Santa Barbara CA, Fiesta Azul, Juried Show, Curator Kerry Methner.
2016. Going Abstract, Carpinteria Arts Center CA, Curator Hugh Margerum By Invitation.
2016. JCC Gallery Santa Barbara CA, Abstract Art Collective Summer Selections, Juried show.
2016. Faulkner Gallery CA, ArtSEE: AAC SEE International,By Invitation, Curator Jan Zeigler.
2016. Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria CA, Make Hay While The Sun Shines, Juried/Curator Arturo Tello.
2016. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Abstract Open II, Juried Show, Curator Maiza Hixson.
2016. Carpinteria Arts Center CA, Pathways, Juried Show, Curator Michael Drury.
2016. Carpinteria Arts Center CA, Imaginations, Juried Show, Curator Tomas Van Stein.
SOLO SHOWS 2018
2018. Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. Equipoise, Solo Show.
2018. Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. Abstract Open lV, Jurors Award.
2017. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, AAC Abstract Open II Jurors Award.
2016. JCC Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Summer Selections, Honorable Mention.
2016. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA, Abstract Open II, Jurors Award.
2016. Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA, Pathways, Jurors Award.
2016. Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria CA, Imaginations, Honorable Mention.
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