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Mark John Smith at Ivy Brown Gallery

On display until July 10th, is a cumulative survey of British artist Mark John Smith. Over the past few weeks, you’ve gotten a taste of Smith’s works, in a project curated by me at the Roger Smith Hotel, at the summer show at Ethan Cohen Gallery, or along with other Parsons MFA alumni at Residency on Bowery. These snippets show glimpses of Smith’s whole M.O., but only at Ivy Brown Gallery can one truly experience the young British artist’s oeuvre.

Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto

Smith’s approach of an unofficial June residency throughout the city of New York may seem unorthodox, but these appearances and experiences have allowed the artist to be introduced to varying facets of the New York art audience in record speed. Is it over saturation? Is it all too much? Luckily, no. The nature of Smith’s work- familiar mediums like IKEA duvets, colorful rope and household spray paint, lend to reliability. His stark palette of white with spritzes of color are not overwhelming. Rather than overburdening us with his work popping up everywhere, he has eased us into his comfortable pool of reflection, allowing us to digest and contemplate his messages of language within personal and public space.

Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto

TOTALSMIT at Ivy Brown is a peek into the overall mind of Smith, an opportunity for the viewer to see- and touch- Smith’s transformations of ordinary objects into abstract soft sculptures, canvases and wall hangings.
Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto

Summer 2015, Mark John Smith, "TOTALSMIT", Courtesy of Timothy Hutto
Images by Timothy Hutto 2015

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