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© Dean Smith

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© Dean Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Dean Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Dean Smith

American, born 1961

focusing, 2002

graphite on paper

sheet: 51 x 20 7/8 inches (129.54 x 53.02 cm); framed: 56 x 26 x 2 inches (142.24 x 66.04 x 5.08 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr. and the Stevenson Family, by exchange, 2006

2006:10

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Drawings (visual works)

Work Type

Drawing (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During the mid-1990s, Dean Smith abandoned his painterly practice and began creating meticulous graphite drawings that, like his paintings, emphasize artistic process. In his compositions, Smith builds up fields of precisely made marks to create a variety of forms evocative of scientific maps, diagrams, or computer-generated code. The imagery he generates is nonrepresentational, and for the artist, abstraction is a very specific tool he employs to investigate “the aesthetics of wonder: a ceaseless human impulse to render the invisible visible.” In focusing, a series of tiny, delicate, and regimented lines converge to comprise a trio of downward-pointing triangles. To look past their geometry, however, reveals another facet of the work. Smith’s fastidious, repetitive lines accumulate to form soft, fur-like edges that convey comfort and warmth.

Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017

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