Paul Anthony Smith: Passage
January 27 - June 2
The Hyde Collection presents Landscapes of Paul Anthony Smith: Passage!
This exhibit can be viewed at The Hyde Collection Art Museum from January 27- June 2, 2024 ( temporarily closed April 22- May 3). Museum hours are Thursday – Sunday 10am-5pm.
About this exhibit:
Paul Anthony Smith (b. Jamaica, 1988) makes large scales photo-based works thematizing colonialism, displacement, migration, and memory. Passage features landscapes photographed in the Caribbean, Smiths birthplace, that challenge the so-called documentary role of photography through strategies that hide information and slow down the process of seeing.
Smiths trademark “picotage” is a time- intensive technique where the artist pierces thousands of holes in a photograph, creating intricate, atmospheric veils often based on architectural sources. what Smith refers to as “patterns of disguise” both enhance and erode the subjects, at once framing viewpoints, masking elements of the composition, and evoking the barriers and surveillance imposed on marginalized groups. Smiths Caribbean landscapes conjure beaches and waterways staged as tropical paradises by the western tourist trade- idyllic Kodak moments dismantled through picotage.
Passage invites comparisons to the idealized and invented views of the Hudson River School painters, raising questins about how we contemplate landscape- as dreamers, exploiters, and explorers.