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Ned Smyth at Ille Arts

Ned Smyth


Ned Smyth, visual arts faculty member at Ross School, has been showing his work since 1974. He has had international exhibitions in both museums and galleries, including MOMA, The Hirshorn Museum, The Venice Biennale, PS1, The Museum of Modern Art Oxford England, the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, Rudolph Zwirner Gallery in Cologne, and Gallery Bischofberger in Zurich. 

Smyth's early work was in the minimal tradition, except that he included architectural references and created architectural spaces. Before the development of the Post-Modern Architectural style, Smyth was quoting or alluding to historical architectural periods, details., and reverent spaces. His environmental gallery exhibitions quickly led him to being commissioned to create public spaces for cities and corporations. Smyth was one of the forerunners of the development of Public Art and Artistic Public Spaces in the USA. In his work, he uses many mediums including cement, fabric, metal, mosaic, water, language, and landscape.

Since 2004, Smyth’s work has evolved from using Judeo-Christian, and historical references, to working with natural organic forms and images. He has been using his collection of found glacial till stones, as sources for monumental photographs, and bronzes.

For his exhibition at Ille Arts, Ned is showing bronzes and large-scale photos, inspired by his collection of found pieces of wood. Most have been broken from trees, floated in the ocean, and washed up on the shore. He stresses that the art of this work comes from the seeing and finding of the objects. These icons are formed by Nature and chance, not by human hands.

Read more about it at The East Hampton Star.