Kent Michael Smith

Lancia TrendVisions, an Italian web magazine

Posted on November 13, 2013

Layer over layer: the paintings of Kent Michael Smith

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In the beginning there was a cloud of gas. Then came the lightning and it was condensed into a primodrial soup. A spark that gave origin to the first forms of life on planet Earth.

At least that's the scientific version. Artist Kent Michael Smith has his own view of the universe, which he explains without the need for formulas or theories, but with just imagination and paint.

In his canvases its as if something were growing, or perhaps it has already hatched but we haven't realized yet. From this whirling organic pond of matter, similar to a brilliant sediment of mud, series of stratified monochrome crsytals stand out: painting mineralizes and sublimates itself through graphics.

Observing his paintings is like watching the slow and relentless evolution of each work as if through the glass of a fish tank. Each gesture is deeply visible, each brush stroke a trace suspended in a sea of liquid resin.

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24 October 2013


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Art Ltd. Magazine REVIEW

Posted on September 18, 2013

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"New Work From Kansas City" at Carrie Secrist Gallery
by james yood
Sep 2013

Kent Michael Smith
Acrylic, glitter and resin on panel
16" x 16"
Photo: courtesy the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery

Count me among those who believe that when the next big thing happens in the visual arts--and please, let it be soon!--it's going to come from someplace like Liverpool or Bergamo or Nanchang or Kansas City. While the rule for recent centuries was that it helped artists to live in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, etc., that such cities were hotbeds of cultural discourse, providing a milieu where artists would collectively thrive (and that places like Kansas City were provincial outposts guaranteeing mediocrity), today places like LA and Berlin seem so burdened by the art market and art world careerist histrionics as to render them mannerist and curiously conformist, and to discourage individuality or personal vision.

Let's not burden these three artists from Kansas City with too much responsibility for the future of the visual arts. This exhibition was not about all of Kansas City, it simply showed three artists who interest Carrie Secrist, and whose independence and willingness to hunker down on visual ideas that intrigue them reflects their experiences in a city that's not unlike Goldilocks' porridge. Kansas City is just right, not too hot, not too cold, it has great museums and art schools, it's urban and has a solid art community, but it's decompressed, a place where you can pursue your visions at your own pace, where you don't worry too much about Documenta or the Turner Prize, or who did or didn't get reviewed in art ltd.

Anne Lindberg is a fastidious oscillator. Her patiently and somewhat obsessively drawn works made of thousands of hand-drawn, parallel vertical lines of graphite and colored pencils reflect that Midwestern work ethic, that mania for strict control and yet idiosyncratic effect that marks so much art from this region. Paul Anthony Smith, originally from Jamaica, performs what he calls "picotage" on photographic prints, using a ceramic tool to scrape and pin-prick away, also obsessively, also hundreds or thousands of times, mostly at the figures in these curious images, making them gritty and ghostlike, reintroducing ambiguity and mystery into the specificity of photography. And Kent Michael Smith slathers on clear resin like he's got it on tap, layering fragments of colorful abstract shapes within this viscous shiny aqueous ooze that makes his work transparently sedimentary; you see disparate pastel-like layers embalmed in a syrup as in some primordial pool that makes good abstract compositions. They are three fine artists working away in a place that's anything but provincial--after all, there's a Manhattan in Kansas too.

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New American Painting website redesign

Posted on July 24, 2013

New American Painting has just released their new website design.  Below is a screen-shot of my feature from issue #102, 2012.

Click here to view the site for yourself!



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Painter's Table

Posted on June 27, 2013


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