November 10 – December 22, 2011
Brand New Gallery – via Farini 32 – Milan
Brand New Gallery presents To the Ocean of Everyone Else, the first Italian exhibition by the American artist Shinique Smith. Reaching beyond the confines of sculpture, painting and site-specific installation, Shinique Smith’s works combine complex social and cultural references drawn from a vast range of resources from art history to urban life. Graffiti, Japanese calligraphy, abstract expressionism and minimalist sculpture are but some of the cross-references we can perceive in the artist’s work. Without preparatory sketches or preconceived compositions, Smith sees each one of her paintings as an act of “frenetic meditation” in which, through fluid movements, she allows her hand to lead, guide and outline calligraphic gestures which dance across the canvas.