Born in 1976, lives and works in New York.
“It’s purely about looking, and to take pressure off the idea of art as object.”
Josh Smith’s abstract paintings present an assemblage of appropriated imagery. Accumulated layers of photocopies combined with hand painting create an abstraction within which original information is distorted and sometimes lost. Smith's systematic processes and casual anti-art aesthetic elevate repetition, giving value to the manufactured copy and thereby questioning the significance of the singular artistic gesture and the hierarchical structures by which meaning is created.