The work of Martin Smith




In his latest exhibition Martin Smith further investigates the formal language of the vessel and the way that it can both contain a space and define a place. He analyses the poetic qualities of mathematics and geometry and develops new approaches to surface illusion. Using his previous show with Marsden Woo Gallery (Red and Black with Blue and Yellow, 2015) and its exploration of the archetype of the vase as a jumping-off point, Smith drops the scale of this new body of work to that of the cup, mug or beaker for an exploration of the geometric intersection of cylinders and cubes.

Picking up on concerns that go back to the mid-80s in which he explored different planes within the cylinder, and making direct reference to his 1990 series of cup pieces, Smith revisits these threads and pulls them further. There is a continuum running throughout his work and themes appear in different ways, driving through every series of work. This forthcoming show comprises a group of thirteen sculptures, all an exploration around the theme of space. While on a smaller scale to his previous work, these new forms feature jutting sections that project outwards - occupying yet another dimension - and seem to demand as much space as his larger pieces. Repetition of shapes can be seen in particular pairing pieces: they are partners but remain singular.

He analyses the poetic qualities of mathematics and geometry and develops new approaches to surface illusion.


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