After years of doing representational paintings, Craig Marshall Smith suddenly changed course ten years ago and started creating abstracts. I took an inventory of what Id done, he says, and I realized that my work was not really notable. All along, Id had this affection for Motherwell, Kline and Diebenkorn my holy trinity and I started doing what they did, abstract expressionism, and Ive never had a better time in my life. Hes also found more popular and critical success with abstraction than he ever had with his representational pieces.
Like many artists, Smith paints to music. I like music without words, he explains, and now my paintings dont have words either no dogs, fishes or faces just paint. His most recent pieces, inspired by the Brian Eno ambient album Music for Airports, are included in a book called Paintings for Airports. They also make up the new show Paintings for Airports, which runs through April 11 in the Core New Art Space annex, at 900 Santa Fe Drive. A reception will be held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the annex; for more information, call 303-297-8428 or go to www.corenewartspace.com.
March 25-April 11, 2010