Craig Smith: It’s Irrelevant Too
From September 26 to October 26, 2019, Loop 99, Cape town will present It’s Relevant Too by South African artist Craig Smith. The Johannesburg-based artist is deeply engaged with the position of digital and social media and the effect thereof on the human condition. The title of Smith’s exhibition comes from the comparative irrelevance of modern life which one notices when reality is suspended for a moment and all the background noise and visual clutter fades away. The ambiguity and abstraction of Smith’s painted surfaces offer a chance for viewers to connect with the experience of contemplation and discovery. Ultimately, the exhibition aims to make everything else become irrelevant, even if just for a moment.
Craig Smith, born in Cape Town 1961, is a self –taught artist, photographer and designer. He currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Smith began a career in photography in 1981 assisting the top commercial and fashion photographers in Johannesburg at the time. In 1986, he started working as a scenic artist in the film industry and undertaking private commissions.
Reigniting a relationship with paint set him on a particular path through the years in which he exhibited on numerous occasions during the late 1980s. Though his passion for painting remained consistent, Smith’s film work evolved from scenic painting to award-winning production design. This prompted a move to Cape Town in order to establish a name in the film industry. As such, Smith has won numerous film awards both locally and internationally. In 2005, Smith decided to devote his focus on being a full-time artist and moved to Johannesburg to set up a studio from which he still works today. Smith’s artwork is deeply engaged with the position of digital and social media and the effect thereof on the human condition.
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