Zak Smith

1001 Nights

April 19 through June 1, 2018

Zak Smith

Geckos, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

The Structures of Pulp Hybridity Yield Up Meaning Proportional to the Interpretive Energies Focused on Them, Also There's a Leopard, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Babysitter Painting, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Riae and Her Cat, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

November 2016, 2016

Ink on paper

10h x 8w in (24 each)

Zak Smith

Foetal God, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8 1/2w in

Zak Smith

Choking Ghosts, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Every Hospital in Los Angeles Has a Basement, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Jersey City, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

10 Years is a Long Time 10 Years is a Cold Case, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

The Planes, 2018

Ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Michelle, Your Higher Power Can't Be GG Allin, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Ashley Went Viral, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Magenta, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Winnow With Giant Arms the Slumbering Green, 2018

Acrylic and ink on artist board

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

"I Know You Put Alondra in That Tentacle Painting But Can I Be in the Next One?", 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

I Made You a Picture of the Moon in Case You Don't Have a Window, 2018

Photogram and mixed media on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Bailey Jay, 2017

Ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

I Love LA #1, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

11 3/4h x 8 1/2w in

Zak Smith

Stoya (As Werewolf), 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Eliza as a Succubus, 2018

Acrylic and ink on artist board

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

I Love LA #2, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Girl in the Naked Girl Business: Annwn, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 in

Zak Smith

For Lee Bontecou, 2018

Acrylic and ink on artist board

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

In the Horror Light, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Fear Makes People Grab the Nearest Weapon and Stop Moving, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Who Is Awake This Late, Dreaming the City?, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

Scheherazade, 2018

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 15w in

Zak Smith

Untitled, 2017

Acrylic and ink on paper

10h x 8w in

Zak Smith

The Reptile Fund, 2014

Ink and acrylic on board

40h x 30w in

Press Release

Zak Smith

1001 Nights

April 19 through June 1, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, April 19, from 6 to 8 pm

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce “1001 Nights” an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Zak Smith. In these paintings and drawings of nights, nightmares and mental maps—precisely and strangely-rendered—the artist draws inspiration from Persian miniature painting and the imagery of the what the Western world calls The Arabian Nights.

In the story, a wicked king rules his land with an iron fist, murdering wives each night. But one night, as he is drifting off to sleep, a new wife—Scheherezade—begins to tell him a story. Seeing the terrible king intrigued, she embeds within her story another and then another within that one and then another again and again, all layered and cliff-hangered such that each night instead of executing her, the king merely asked for her to continue the story.

In addition to certain parallels to the condition of the artist in 2018, Smith is drawn to the idea of telling stories in the night. “There are certain songs you only listen to late at night, certain movies and shows you’d only watch at night, I think it’s because of the isolation. When the sun is shining you can see very clearly how one thing is connected to the next thing—but at night all the context is gone, everyone’s in this black sea. The scene you’re in suddenly has borders. The night makes a painting out of everything.”

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). He writes a regular column for Artillery Magazine and co-hosts the podcast “We Eat ART.” This is his eighth show at Fredericks & Freiser.


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