Ned Smyth, a pioneer in public art, will exhibit his work in the Museum Building. Like Zimmerman, Smyth developed a fascination with stone. In his youth, Smyth was influenced by classical architecture and sculpture while accompanying his father, a prominent art historian, on his travels in Europe. In recent years, Smyth came across some small stones that he collected long ago and had since forgotten. His imagination was captured by the shapes of these stones that seemed reminiscent of the classical images of his youth.
Featured in this exhibition are eight large sculptural works which draw inspiration from the huge cache of stones that he has collected for more than 35 years. These sculptures, and several smaller stone installations, are accompanied by more than half a dozen large format black and white photographs that further explore Smyth’s powerful obsession with definition, texture, and scale. An installation of cement and pigment based paintings on panel offer an important glimpse at the possible origins of the large stone works.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.