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,��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 Vision�podcast.