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Sunday, October 12th 2008

7:24 PM

Gene Smith : The Studio as a Work of Art . . .

> Recently, July 30 'till August 30, 2008 -  Lawrence Street Gallery  presented an Exhibition of Smith + Zdeb in Michigan

'Objects d'Art: Illuminated Pleasures'  a Two Person Exhibition by Gene Smith and Larry Zdeb


Larry Zdeb and Gene Smith say that "Objects d'art”, is an exploration into the past. Influenced by Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg <------ click me

the artists use vintage found objects as a major component in their constructions along with elements of Dada, randomness and chance. Layer after layer,

the surfaces of these constructions reveal a variety of stimulating possibilities to the viewer.

Included in this show is a collection of box constructions, many of which feature battery-powered lighting. With the windows of the gallery blacked out and

interior lights off, gallery visitors can turn on each box beginning with the smallest. In the dark, the normal parameters of the boxes are lost, provoking

imaginative associations. The beauty of these assemblages is in pushing the envelope beyond the boundary of the conventional.



. . . the following Photographs were taken in Gene's Studio back in July of 2006.

(Preparing / Finishin' the Works of Art for Inclusion in the Aforementioned Exhibition)

> a Review i wrote regarding Gene Smith back on Friday, July 14th 2006

. . .  ‘Artifacts In Essence’ - as a Tribute to Cornell

. . . ps - this is the Artist that Lady Joanne works with during the day


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