Fredericks & Freiser
is pleased to announce Midnight in the Empire, an exhibition of new work by
Zak Smith. Smith combines precise attention to detail and a razor-edged graphic
intensity with an omnivorous eye that vacuums up influences as far-flung as comic-book
realism, abstract expressionism, Japanese printmaking, and Persian miniature painting.
With an intricate visual energy, Smith re-casts this preternaturally absorbing mixture
into a seamless whole.
Midnight in the Empire features compulsively dense abstract works, a grab bag
of drawings and paintings on different subjects, as well as the latest installments
of "Girls In The Naked Girl Business"--Smith's ongoing series of portraits of acquaintances
and friends in the sex industry. The exhibition also includes "Drawings I Did Around
The Time I Became A Porn Star"--a sprawling autobiographical series of sketches recording
Smith's days and nights working as "male talent" in the adult film industry. In Spring 2009,
Tin House Books will publish this wall-size work under the title We Made Porn
along with 300 pages of Smith's written observations on those experiences.
In our back gallery we will be showing They Fought A Running Engagement--featuring
two of Smith's ongoing collaborations with other artists. The first is "On The Road Of
Knives"--a hyperactive game-like work of battling monsters in which Smith, Nicholas
DiGenova and Shawn Cheng each create an individual work on paper in response to a previous
"move" by their fellow artist. In the second work, Smith and Cheng join Sean McCarthy,
John Mejias, Craig Taylor, and Matt Wiegle to form "Six Versions of Blood Meridian."