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Cary Smith�s hand-painted precision

Cary Smith, Stripes #3 (with 4 color border), 2016, oil on linen, 50 x 50 inches

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These�feature bold color and variations on two�themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes�without the aid of masking tape, Smith�s paintings,�conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness and rational exactitude, reflect�an extraordinarily�high but certainly welcome level of focus and directness in�this�period of “alternative truth”�and distraction.�These paintings, as well as an elegant series of smaller drawings displayed in the back room, make sense, and�nowadays�that�s no small accomplishment.

Cary Smith, Warning Signs, 2017, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
Cary Smith, installation view
Cary Smith, installation view
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals #7 (red-blue with yellow-green border), 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches
Cary Smith, Shape #3 (yellow with red-blue border), 2017, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches
Cary Smith, Shape #2 (yellow with red-blue border), 2017, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals, drawings, installation view
Cary Smith, A Necessary Coexistence (black-white), 2017, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
Cary Smith, Diagonals (with 7 colors) #1, 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals #11, 2017, drawing, 8 x 6 1/4 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals, 2017, drawing, 8 x 6 1/4 inches

Cary Smith,��Fredericks & Freiser, Chelsea, New York, NY. �October 19 through�November 30, 2017.

Bonus:�Cary Smith talks to Brian Alfred about his paintings on �Sound and Visionpodcast.

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One Comment

  1. Thank you Sharon Butler for straightforward coverage of Cary Smith’s ‘Structural Art’ works in this Exhibition. Certainly “make sense”; as does your well-illustrated piece with many images of works/installation.

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