Rene Smith, Permanent Garden 48 x 48 inches. Oil on canvas. 2007
Well, I guess the Danielle Mysliewec love fest in our masthead had to end at some point, and Monday is as good a time as any for that to happen. As such, today we move from abstract paint weaving to the representational figurative work of Rene Smith. Though the artist largely depicts solitary figures, their surroundings almost always suggest the presence of others. In the case of Permanent Garden [pictured above], the viewer is the one implicated in an act of voyeurism, in other works, such as those made in Iceland, they rely on interiors to suggest open ended relationships. The strength of this work lies in the psychological space created within each piece.
René Smith received her M.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome and her B.A. in Painting from Bennington College in Vermont. She has exhibited her work in a variety of galleries and non-profit spaces, including recent exhibitions at Deiglan Gallery in Akureyri, Iceland, Brooklyn Arts Council, Project Diversity Queens at Koreavillage in Flushing, and The Courthouse Gallery at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. She has attended residencies at the Gil-Society in Iceland and Vermont Studio Center, and her work was featured in the latest northeastern edition of New American Paintings. She lives and works in Long Island City, Queens.