David B. Smith | Sampler
January 21–March 3, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2–4 PM
Planthouse is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring the works of Brooklyn-based artist David B. Smith. Sampler is inspired by Say a Little Prayer for U.S., Planthouse’s 2017 exhibition of artist-made prayer flags, and Smith’s practice of collecting and saving scraps of fabric left over from the soft sculpture and fabric collages that comprise his larger works. By cutting the fabric into roughly equally sized rectangles or ‘flags’ and embroidering them with layered patterns, shapes and textures, they echo organic systems like blood flow, memory, social structures, geography, migration, and mapmaking. These works suggest infinite future realities, where difference and commonalities can be observed and playfully layered. By arranging a constellation of small, medium, and large flags in the space, the systems blend together to form a cacophonous yet harmonic environment where the viewer can experience interconnected worlds, each with their own logic, structure, and identity.
David B. Smith is a multi-disciplinary artist combining photography, textiles, sound and sculpture to unravel the interconnected nature of embodied subjectivity in an increasingly digital world. He has been awarded residencies by Apex Art, New Zealand; Franconia Sculp- ture Park, Minnesota; Marble House Project, Vermont; Socrates Sculpture Park, and BOFFO in New York. Smith’s work has appeared in at MoMA PS 1,The International Center of Photog- raphy, Halsey McKay Gallery, Asia Song Society, among others, and will be featured in Fired Up! Ready to Go!: The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, to be published by Rizzoli in 2018.