Keith Smith

The Fabric Works, 1964-1980
April 23 - June 6, 2015
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Keith Smith Untitled Self Portrait, 1972 3M Color-in-Color heat transfers to bridal satin 44 x 72 inches (112 x 183 cm)Keith Smith Untitled Self Portrait, 1972 3M Color-in-Color heat transfers to bridal satin 44 x 72 inches (112 x 183 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled Self Portrait, 1972

3M Color-in-Color heat transfers to bridal satin

44 x 72 inches (112 x 183 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Manipulated photo paper machine-sewn to cloth 18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Manipulated photo paper machine-sewn to cloth 18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1971

Manipulated photo paper machine-sewn to cloth

18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm)

Keith Smith Orange Grove Baby Quilt, 1970 Cyanotype on cloth, machine-sewn onto satin 43 x 38 inches (109.2 x 96.5 cm)Keith Smith Orange Grove Baby Quilt, 1970 Cyanotype on cloth, machine-sewn onto satin 43 x 38 inches (109.2 x 96.5 cm)

Keith Smith

Orange Grove Baby Quilt, 1970

Cyanotype on cloth, machine-sewn onto satin

43 x 38 inches (109.2 x 96.5 cm)

Keith Smith Covered Face, 1971 Collage and silkscreen on silk 19 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches (49.2 x 36.5 cm)Keith Smith Covered Face, 1971 Collage and silkscreen on silk 19 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches (49.2 x 36.5 cm)

Keith Smith

Covered Face, 1971

Collage and silkscreen on silk

19 3/8 x 14 3/8 inches (49.2 x 36.5 cm)

Keith Smith Margaret Gave Me a Rainbow: 2:30pm 21 November, 1971 Collage 19 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (49.5 x 41.9 cm)Keith Smith Margaret Gave Me a Rainbow: 2:30pm 21 November, 1971 Collage 19 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (49.5 x 41.9 cm)

Keith Smith

Margaret Gave Me a Rainbow: 2:30pm 21 November, 1971

Collage

19 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (49.5 x 41.9 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1965 Photographic print processed onto shoes 29 x 19 3/4 inches (73.7 x 50.2 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1965 Photographic print processed onto shoes 29 x 19 3/4 inches (73.7 x 50.2 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1965

Photographic print processed onto shoes

29 x 19 3/4 inches (73.7 x 50.2 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled Cyanotype of Horses, 1972 Cyanotype printed on cloth machine-sewn to satin 16 x 21 inches (40.6 x 53.3 cm)Keith Smith Untitled Cyanotype of Horses, 1972 Cyanotype printed on cloth machine-sewn to satin 16 x 21 inches (40.6 x 53.3 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled Cyanotype of Horses, 1972

Cyanotype printed on cloth machine-sewn to satin

16 x 21 inches (40.6 x 53.3 cm)

Keith Smith My Mother in 1964, 1971 Gelatin silver print machine-sewn onto black satin 16 x 13 inches (40.6 x 33 cm)Keith Smith My Mother in 1964, 1971 Gelatin silver print machine-sewn onto black satin 16 x 13 inches (40.6 x 33 cm)

Keith Smith

My Mother in 1964, 1971

Gelatin silver print machine-sewn onto black satin

16 x 13 inches (40.6 x 33 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1980 Color prints heat transferred to quilted cloth 80 x 56 inches (203.2 x 142.2 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1980 Color prints heat transferred to quilted cloth 80 x 56 inches (203.2 x 142.2 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1980

Color prints heat transferred to quilted cloth

80 x 56 inches (203.2 x 142.2 cm)

Keith Smith The Miller Boys, 1970 Blueprint on paper, machine-sewn to cloth 7 x 8 inches (17.8 x 20.3 cm)Keith Smith The Miller Boys, 1970 Blueprint on paper, machine-sewn to cloth 7 x 8 inches (17.8 x 20.3 cm)

Keith Smith

The Miller Boys, 1970

Blueprint on paper, machine-sewn to cloth

7 x 8 inches (17.8 x 20.3 cm)

Keith Smith Eye Quilt, 1965 Photo-silkscreen onto cloth 87 x 64 inches (221 x 162.2 cm)Keith Smith Eye Quilt, 1965 Photo-silkscreen onto cloth 87 x 64 inches (221 x 162.2 cm)

Keith Smith

Eye Quilt, 1965

Photo-silkscreen onto cloth

87 x 64 inches (221 x 162.2 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1973 Color scan heat transfer to bridal satin 110 x 48 inches (279.4 x 121.9 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1973 Color scan heat transfer to bridal satin 110 x 48 inches (279.4 x 121.9 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1973

Color scan heat transfer to bridal satin

110 x 48 inches (279.4 x 121.9 cm)

Keith Smith Miss B, 1971 Color scan heat transfer to cloth with hand stitching 23 x 28 inches (58.4 x 71.1 cm)Keith Smith Miss B, 1971 Color scan heat transfer to cloth with hand stitching 23 x 28 inches (58.4 x 71.1 cm)

Keith Smith

Miss B, 1971

Color scan heat transfer to cloth with hand stitching

23 x 28 inches (58.4 x 71.1 cm)

Keith Smith Brian at Point Lobos, 1970 Cyanotype on cloth, sewn to satin 42 x 48 inches (106.7 x 121.9 cm)Keith Smith Brian at Point Lobos, 1970 Cyanotype on cloth, sewn to satin 42 x 48 inches (106.7 x 121.9 cm)

Keith Smith

Brian at Point Lobos, 1970

Cyanotype on cloth, sewn to satin

42 x 48 inches (106.7 x 121.9 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Color paper prints machine-sewn into satin 15 1/2 x 30 inches (39.4 x 76.2 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Color paper prints machine-sewn into satin 15 1/2 x 30 inches (39.4 x 76.2 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1971

Color paper prints machine-sewn into satin

15 1/2 x 30 inches (39.4 x 76.2 cm)

Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Color scan heat transfers machine-sewn to satin 106 x 24 inches (269.2 x 61 cm)Keith Smith Untitled, 1971 Color scan heat transfers machine-sewn to satin 106 x 24 inches (269.2 x 61 cm)

Keith Smith

Untitled, 1971

Color scan heat transfers machine-sewn to satin

106 x 24 inches (269.2 x 61 cm)

Keith Smith Book Number 28: Stitches, 1972 Handmade book with string 10 1/2 x 13 inches (26.7 x 33 cm)Keith Smith Book Number 28: Stitches, 1972 Handmade book with string 10 1/2 x 13 inches (26.7 x 33 cm)

Keith Smith

Book Number 28: Stitches, 1972

Handmade book with string

10 1/2 x 13 inches (26.7 x 33 cm)

Keith Smith Book Number 34, 1973 Unique artist book 14 x 12 1/2 inches (35.6 x 31.8 cm)Keith Smith Book Number 34, 1973 Unique artist book 14 x 12 1/2 inches (35.6 x 31.8 cm)

Keith Smith

Book Number 34, 1973

Unique artist book

14 x 12 1/2 inches (35.6 x 31.8 cm)

Keith Smith Book Number 27, 1972-73 Unique artist book with fabric, 3M Color-in-Color and copier imagery 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (29.2 x 29.2 cm)  Keith Smith Book Number 27, 1972-73 Unique artist book with fabric, 3M Color-in-Color and copier imagery 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (29.2 x 29.2 cm)  

Keith Smith

Book Number 27, 1972-73

Unique artist book with fabric, 3M Color-in-Color and copier imagery

11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (29.2 x 29.2 cm)

 
Keith Smith Margaret Looking the Other Way, 1972 Gelatin silver prints machine-sewn to cloth 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)Keith Smith Margaret Looking the Other Way, 1972 Gelatin silver prints machine-sewn to cloth 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

Keith Smith

Margaret Looking the Other Way, 1972

Gelatin silver prints machine-sewn to cloth

14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein is pleased to announce Keith A. Smith: The Fabric Works: 1964 -1980.

 

Throughout his career, Keith Smith (b.1938) has taken a non-purist approach to photography, printmaking, and bookmaking.  The current exhibition, Smith’s third solo show with the gallery, features his earliest works on fabric. 

 

When Smith moved to Rochester in 1974 to teach at the Visual Studies Workshop, he arrived with only a sewing machine and a mattress. The son of a seamstress (Smith’s mother helped make some of the quilts in this exhibition), thread, stitching, and fabric became an important component and binding material in his work.  Additionally, the quilt format offered another dimension to explore his fascination with time and movement as elements in his image-making process. Smith contact-printed entire strips of film on light-sensitized fabric, preferring the experience of multiple frames of time to the traditional photographic approach of isolating and enlarging single images.   

 

In the current exhibition, portraits and self-portraits predominate including a life size image-transfer on bridal satin created by color-photocopying a nude model in segments.  Never shying from utilizing new technology in his work, the Color-in Color copier process invented by 3M was especially of interest to Smith in the early 1970s when it was first developed. These experimental images were displayed in a 1974 exhibition in collaboration with Sonia Landy Sheridan at the Museum of Modern Art. 

  

Despite his preference to seclude himself as an artist, Keith Smith’s influence as a teacher and author on the subjects of alternative bookbinding and book structure is widespread. He has made over 300 unique artist books and has authored nine books on bookmaking.  Smith has taught at the Visual Studies Workshop, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. He is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment of the Arts grant and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

 

Keith Smith’s work is in the collections of leading international public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Public Library, New York; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.