Josh Smith: Life

13 Mar 2020 — 23 May 2020

© Josh Smith
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to present Life, the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition with the New York-based artist Josh Smith.

In this exhibition, Smith shows new paintings of a turtle seen from above. The form is easy to recognize—and even to reproduce. The repetition of this figure is a way of avoiding too much focus being placed on the motif while continuing to develop it. Each depiction is unique through variations in palette, style, and even—in a minimal way—the subject itself. The turtle can be seen as an excuse for painting a huge abstract oval at the center of each canvas. At the same time, it is not a product of mechanical reproduction, but the result of an accurate contemplation by the painter, always reflecting a different mood. The simple form of the turtle expresses a complex tension between the ornamental or abstract shell, the background, and the reptile's extremities, which carry out different postures.