david scott smith : Fear
FIRST WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION: 06/05, 6 - 9 P.M.
artICULATE aRTIST tALK: sUNDAY, 06/09 AT 4 P.M.
David Scott Smith, a sculptor and mold maker, re-contextualizes familiar objects and textures often humorously, dealing with serious issues of excess and consumption. For this exhibition he takes on the very human struggle with fear. The kind of fear one experiences when becoming a parent, suddenly forced to view the world as a place full potential danger and strife. He has taken on new neuroses and found a kinship with other parents in this special kind of heartache.
“For thousands of years, people sculpted and crafted toys, dolls, statues, figurines, fetishes, idols, totems, and other objects designed to ward off evil, or bring luck and good fortune. These objects were not designed to sit on pedestals in art galleries, they were used within the home to worship and pray, to protect, guard….and sometimes they were given to children to play with. Much like the old Grimm’s fairy tales, the toys from antiquity were often almost as horrific as the grim realities of life,” says Smith.
David Scott Smith received his M.F.A in Ceramics from Louisiana State University. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Sonny Kamm Teapot Foundation and Southeastern Louisiana State University. Smith is currently completing a mold-making book (Voodoo Mold-Making); his work has also been featured in Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly.
This exhibition is presented alongside the latest works from James Flynn, Randell Henry, and Phyllis Lear. All works from these four artists are on view, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (12 - 6 p.m., Tue - Sun) through June 27, 2019.