With reference to the ceramics of Ancient Greece, Smith primarily uses the colour black on his vases and bowls. This is then removed in key areas to reveal the red of the terracotta from which they are made.
Vases are assembled as triptych groups on shelves, the spaces between as significant as the forms themselves. Multi-plate installations explore not only the moiré effects of linear interference, but also the optical interference of colour when two or more colour systems interact.
The visual juxtaposition of Smith's pared-down sculptural vases and bowls with the complex graphic prints of his wall-based plate pieces sees the artist create an environment within which the viewer can experience sensations of perception and space.
The exhibition runs from 18 November to 19 December 2015.
|Martin Smith, work in progress in the artist's studio (2015) image © Philip Sayer|