Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision

Cary Smith, Stripes #3 (with 4 color border), 2016, oil on linen, 50 x 50 inches

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These feature bold color and variations on two themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes without the aid of masking tape, Smith’s paintings, conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness and rational exactitude, reflect an extraordinarily high but certainly welcome level of focus and directness in this period of “alternative truth” and distraction. These paintings, as well as an elegant series of smaller drawings displayed in the back room, make sense, and nowadays that’s no small accomplishment.

Cary Smith, Warning Signs, 2017, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
Cary Smith, installation view
Cary Smith, installation view
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals #7 (red-blue with yellow-green border), 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches
Cary Smith, Shape #3 (yellow with red-blue border), 2017, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches
Cary Smith, Shape #2 (yellow with red-blue border), 2017, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals, drawings, installation view
Cary Smith, A Necessary Coexistence (black-white), 2017, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
Cary Smith, Diagonals (with 7 colors) #1, 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals #11, 2017, drawing, 8 x 6 1/4 inches
Cary Smith, Complex Diagonals, 2017, drawing, 8 x 6 1/4 inches

Cary Smith,” Fredericks & Freiser, Chelsea, New York, NY.  October 19 through November 30, 2017.

Bonus: Cary Smith talks to Brian Alfred about his paintings on  Sound and Vision podcast.

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  1. Thank you Sharon Butler for straightforward coverage of Cary Smith’s ‘Structural Art’ works in this Exhibition. Certainly “make sense”; as does your well-illustrated piece with many images of works/installation.

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