Peter Robertson Gallery presents Surface Tension, Mitchel Smith
March 16 – April 1, 2017
JOIN US FOR THE
Reception for the Artist
Thursday, March 16
from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Saturday, March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Mitchel Smith • Artist Statement:
I played with a few different phrases while struggling with the awkward task of finding a title for this show, but eventually settled on Surface Tension as I felt it best described my interests. That a coloured surface either looks good and feels satisfying or doesn’t, and that this distinction can only be appreciated and never proved is something that is integral to pictorial aesthetic experience. And that some sort of pictorial tension is vital in turning a surface into a painting, and that this tension must not destroy the unity of the surface, well, that’s what I think good painting does. That, and communicating a personal experience of existence to other human beings, but this latter is a mysterious process and seems impossible to meaningfully speak about.
~ Mitchel Smith – March 1, 2017
Mitchel Smith is an abstract painter living in Canada. His work expresses the belief that the surfaces of pictures, the facture of the things, are what is integral to the esthetic experience of painting. Large blocks and lozenges of rich textured colour jostle and abut against each other in a struggle which creates an intense and satisfying pictorial unity. Mitchel Smith was born in Liverpool, England. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta an 1982 and had his first solo exhibiton at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1986.
Peter Robertson Gallery • 12323 – 104 ave. nw edmonton, alberta t5n 0v4
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Appointments are available by request.