Zak Smith

Maximum Everything Always

May 2 – June 8, 2013

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

4 Women, 2011

Ink on paper

9 x 12 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Samuel Beckett, 2012

Ink on paper

11 x 8.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Izzy and Mandy in Their Wheelchairs,

2012

Ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Untitled (Grid), 2011

Acrylic on paper

42 x 29.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Mandy and Viv Having Sex, with Bits

Blown Up, 2011

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Ulorin

Vex, 2013

Acrylic and ink on paper

40 x 30 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Brandy

Aniston with Pizza, 2013

Acrylic and ink on paper

40 x 30 inches

 

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Lorraine,

2011

Acrylic on paper

42 x 29.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Mandy and Skin Diamond with Some

Chinese Food, 2013

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Tired in Nine Different States, 2012

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

 

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Charlotte

Stokely, 2012

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

 

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Sketchbook Page, 2012

Ink on paper

8.5 x 11 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Dawn Deployed Across the Plain, 2012

Acrylic and Ink on paper

14 x 11 inches

35.6 x 27.9 cm

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Baby Monkey Riding Backwards on a Pig,

2011

Ink on paper

11 x 8.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Mapped House, 2012

Ink on paper

11 x 8.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Lystra in Her Car, 2011

Ink on paper

8 x 11.5 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Jumbo's Clown Room, 2011

Ink on paper

8 x 11 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

The Painting That Andy Freiser Doesn't

Like, 2013

Ink on paper

32 x 27 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Andy San

Dimas, 2012

acrylic and ink on paper

41 x 31 inches

 

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Gia

Jordan, 2012

Acrylic and ink on paper

40 x 30 inches

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Audition Reel, 2011

Acrylic on paper

34 x 42 inches

86.4 x 106.7 cm

Zak Smith at Fredericks & Freiser

ZAK SMITH

Putting Lewis Carroll Down Here Gets

Him Out of My Head, 2013

Acrylic and ink on paper

40 x 30 inches

 

Press Release

Zak Smith

Maximum Everything Always

May 2 through June 8, 2013

Opening Reception May 2, 6-8pm

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Zak Smith. Smith’s work consolidates influences as wide-ranging as comic-book realism, abstract expressionism, Japanese printmaking, and Persian miniature painting.  With an intricate visual energy, he re-casts this preternaturally absorbing mixture into a seamless whole.

 

The iconography in this exhibition ranges from Samuel Beckett in a green suit to an abstract drawing with futuristic shapes to Smith’s ongoing series of women he knows in the adult film industry. In Smith’s meticulously rendered work, reverence and conviction for his subject matter replaces the distancing effect created by irony and mediation that is all around us.  In other words, what you see is what it is.  This direct approach endorses a primary, head-on experience, where the space of the painting is closed off to external allusions. This allows for his intoxicatingly bright backgrounds and nuanced grey-scale figures to have a hyper-real clarity that accepts the world as gorgeous and vibrant.

About The Artist

 

Zak Smith was born in 1976 and lives in works in Los Angeles. His work is included in several public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Saatchi Gallery, London; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, where his work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work has also been exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore; The National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; and The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. In addition to his illustrated memoir We Did Porn (Tin House Books), two books of his art work have been published–Pictures of Girls (DAP) and Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow (Tin House Books). This is his sixth show at Fredericks & Freiser.

 

Fredericks & Freiser is located at 536 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. Contact us by phone at (212) 633-6555 or fax (212) 633-7372 or visit us at www.fredericksfreisergallery.com