New York artist Greg Smith returns to Grinnell for a gallery talk on Tuesday, February 25 at 4:15. Smith’s two video installations are currently on view in Faulconer Gallery (through March 16). Both videos, Loop and Breakdown Lane, concern the artist as an ‘artifice mechanic,’ working with a car to change the driving, and breakdown, experiences. Smith developed the exhibition in January out of the materials used to make the videos. His videos and his installations challenge how we think of time spent behind the wheel and the work of creating art in any context.
Smith will be joined by Susan Inglett, long-time gallery owner in New York City from whom the Faulconer Gallery staff members have purchased a number of works of art. Smith and Inglett will meet with classes and with individual students while they are here, giving students access to professionals in the art world as they chart their own careers. Smith’s history is particularly instructive, since he has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, but changed direction to art while in grad school. Life, like the experiences depicted in his art, rarely goes as planned! Stop by to hear his talk and ask your questions.