Joel Swanson and Laura Shill
On the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale
Palazzo Bembo, located off the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum.
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Free and open to the public.
David B. Smith Gallery is proud to support artist Joel Swanson in a two person exhibition, Personal Structures, in Venice, Italy, occurring concurrently with the 2017 Venice Biennale. Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum and curated by Cortney Lane Stell, Swanson is exhibiting alongside Denver artist Laura Shill, as the two examine the concepts and cultural uptake of gender and language. Personal Structures, located in the historic Palazzo Bembo, recently called “a nimble counterpoint to the more top-heavy parts of Venice’s Biennale” in an article by Terence Trouillout for artnet, marks the debut of Colorado artists in Venice for this renown cultural event.
Have you ever been writing a word and for a brief moment it looks strange? It seems to almost lose its meaning? This happens to me when I write the word “what.” I stare at the word, sound it out, but it just seems foreign. Technically, this phenomenon is known as aphasia, the condition when someone loses the ability to understand language, typically due to some type of brain trauma. There is something so vulnerable and terrifying about losing our primary mode of communication, but it also allows us to see and experience the world without this wrapper of words and language. This is what Paul Valery means when he says, “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.” Perhaps my work might induce a brief (and non-violent) moment of aphasia in its viewers; that it might offer a fleeting but significant experience where we see through, or perhaps beyond language, and help us experience the world in a different way. – Joel Swanson, from interview with Stephanie Edwards.
“To maintain the lively exhibition schedule at his eponymous gallery, David B. Smith travels the country, checking out cutting-edge artists in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, even Boulder. He’s always looking for new talent for his aesthetically tight exhibitions, and his current offering, Range, is proof of that. New Yorker Penelope Umbrico uses iPhone apps to riff on the history of landscape photography as inspired by the work of the masters of that medium. The resulting digital photos infuse the original black-and-white views of the mountains made with film with colors from computer codes, in the form of shooting stripes or bars in toned-up shades, running right through the scenery. This show is part of the Month of Photography; at other times on the exhibition calendar, you might encounter interactive installations, or paintings that rise a foot off their surfaces, or sculptures that light up, or any number of imaginative takes on contemporary conceptual art.”
The gallery is proud to announce the Getty Museum’s acquisition of Christopher Russell’s Explosion XXXI for its permanent collection. Russell will also be included in a group exhibition at the Getty’s Center for Photographs from February to May 2018 featuring the work of six contemporary artists who interaction with paper is an integral part of their practice. Other artists in the exhibition include Thomas Demand, Matt Lipps, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim and Christiane Feser.
In March 2016, Adam Milner was included in a group exhibition, Fung Wah Biennial, at Flux Factory, New York City. He was also included in reviews of the Fung Wah Biennial in Art in America, Hyperallergic, and The Gothamist.
Milner recently completed a two-month residency at Casa Maauad in Mexico City. His resultant solo exhibition, A History of Man, his first international solo show, opened August 18, 2016. Images of the exhibition can be seen here.
Joel Swanson’s work is included in the collection of Denver’s newly opened Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek North. Sincerely is installed in the foyer area of the hotel and can be seen in situ in The Denver Post article featuring the hotel. The full article and slideshow of the hotel’s interior can be seen here.
In August, Swanson also completed a commission for Twitter.
We are proud to announce the J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired Christopher Russell’s handmade book GRFALWKV for their Permanent Collection. The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA) houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography. To fulfill its mission, the Getty Museum continues to build its collections through purchase and gifts and develops programs of exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, public education, and the performing arts that engage their diverse local and international audiences. Congratulations, Christopher!
LA><ART and the city of West Hollywood are hosting John Knuth collaboration with Andy Featherston, titled Whitesnake. The video will run on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood through June, 2016
John Knuth at Torrance Art Museum
John Knuth’s work is included in Doppelgänger at the Torrance Art Museum. Curated by Dr. Julia-Constance Dissel, Ichiro Irie, Sandra Mann and Max Presneill, the exhibition includes artists Martin Durazo, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Augusta Wood, Eric Yahnker, and others. The exhibition runs April 2 through May 28, 2016.
We are very pleased to welcome Whitney Carter to the David B. Smith Gallery as our new director. Whitney brings an extensive knowledge of contemporary art and a decade of experience in the gallery business.
After receiving her MA in Art History from San Francisco State University, Whitney worked at several galleries in Los Angeles, including ACE Gallery, and was the director for four years at Kinkead Contemporary. She then founded Carter & Citizen, a contemporary art gallery in Culver City, and developed the gallery over three years into a well-respected contemporary art venue.
After nearly 10 years in Los Angeles, Whitney recently relocated to Denver to be closer to family. The David B. Smith Gallery is very pleased to welcome Whitney to our Gallery. Please stop by and say hello!
David was asked by Juxtapoz magazine to contribute to their “Travel Insider” series, which offers a review of local favorites in cities across the country by a member of the community, and he was honored to offer his thoughts on the sights, sounds, and stomachfuls to be found in Denver.
Pick up a copy of the June issue of Juxtapoz for David’s take on the cultural and culinary attractions located in our fair city.