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Mark L Smith Art

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Mark L. Smith constructs mixed media works in order to make sense of the world for brief moments in small spaces. In each of his compositions he brings together two aspects of reality that at once challenge and balance each other. Another way of saying it is that in his work  Smith presents a dialectic between romanticism and classicism, between action and stillness, between tension and peace.

His work invites the viewer to supply any pair of opposites that represent one's inner struggle for balance at a given time of life. For one person it might be chaos and harmony, for another, randomness and order, or for still another, chance and intentionality. War and peace, love and hate, the list is endless.  Smith locates these restrained dramas of the spirit in pictorial spaces that evoke landscapes. In his urban, pastoral, or imaginary places, the artist makes containers that we can enter, delimited zones where we can work out a sense of balance for ourselves.

He works mostly in two dimensions on supports of paper, canvas, or metal, and he uses a variety of media and techniques: monotype, painting, drawing, and always collage. His collage elements are comprised of printed paper scraps, letterforms, wine seals, flattened bottle caps and other bits of flotsam and jetsam that can defend themselves in his compositions. Often the artist includes a calligraphic text similar to Tibetan grass script the content of which must be supplied by the viewer as collaborator, or left as an index of some meaning beyond cognition.

This latest series of works were inspired by contemporary world events, when Smith found himself surprised by hope. Each work depicts a chaotic environment much like our messy world in which he places contrasting elements of order. The word "hope" in one of forty-four languages appears in every one of the series of the same number.  

The artist makes available to collectors archival, inkjet prints ("giclees") of his mixed-media originals that comprise the Hope Suite, which he is reserving for a major exhibition when all forty-four are completed.