"the series examines American regionalism
as a major influence on art of the early 1970s. "
- Ned Smyth
"These stone objects embodied the weight,
longevity, and commitment to the ultimate."
Ned Smyth "American Responses: Reverence"
16 February - 17 March 2012
"Even before the development of postmodern architecture, Ned Smyth was citing past structural periods and details. He concluded from his long exposure to archeological sites, temples, cathedrals, and museums that man used stone to instill a definitive sensibility to valuable buildings and objects. These stone objects embodied the weight, longevity, and commitment to the ultimate.
Ned Smyth's early work evolved from the minimalist tradition. He began by making concrete 2x4s in various lengths and arranging them to create architectonic spaces within the gallery. Because of the nature of his work, Smyth's career progressed into landing site-specific public commissions for cities and corporations. He became a forerunner in the development of public art in the US.
Recently, Smyth's body of work has expanded to include a more organic vocabulary. Moving away from historical references to Judeo-Christian culture and instead of casting architectural forms, he uses natural rock forms to create primal spaces and objects.
go to Salomon Contemporary
Ned Smyth here.