Leisure and Light:
A solo exhibition featuring works by Gordon Smedt
Opening May 2, 2019 and on view through June 16, 2019 Whitney Modern is pleased to present Leisure and Light: A solo exhibition featuring works by Gordon Smedt. Leisure and Light showcases a new body of work by Gordon Smedt. This latest series of paintings confirm Smedt’s abiding interest in objects familiar and relatable that have taken on a life of their own. In describing his work, Smedt tells us “I create patterns of color and form which gives movement to the inanimate object. I also use strong light and shadow to help accentuate its forms.”
Large-scale canvases conjure memory and narrative, real and imagined, of what is often forgotten, overlooked, or discarded, yet still retain a powerful history. Smedt says, “In capturing the history of each object, my process uses multiple built-up layers of drawing, painting and textures. After completion, my hope is to leave a trace of each step of my process, which relates to life's patina forever embedded on each object.”
Subjects are rendered with Smedt’s characteristic luscious, bold color and energetic wit, infused with a soulful vitality that transforms them from “still-life” to portraits. Encountering the compositions one finds the intimacy of reuniting face to face with familiar friends.
Gordon Smedt is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied art at San Jose State University before continuing his education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he received his BFA, with honors. Smedt's work has been collected internationally and exhibited in distinguished art galleries for more than thirty years.
Since opening almost two years ago, Whitney Modern has become Silicon Valley's Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, fulfilling the need for high quality fine art in the South Bay. Whitney Modern is committed to engaging the community through the creative experience by showcasing thought provoking, collectible works of art from internationally recognized, mid-career and emerging contemporary fine artists. The public is invited to meet the artist and attend the opening reception of Leisure and Light at Whitney Modern on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30pm. Whitney Modern is located at 24 North Santa Cruz Avenue, 2nd floor in downtown Los Gatos. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 11:00- 5:30, and by appointment.