CURB – solo exhibition
Perhaps the inheritance of any growing industrial society, optimistically measured in expansive concrete infrastructure and sparkling designer skyscrapers, carries a more sinister cultural significance – an erosive force that seems to be the omnipresent shadow cast by rapid urbanisation.
How is it that with the explosion of urban populations, contained in ever-more minimalist congestion, our connection to one another dwindles, our alienation and isolation grow, and we are left feeling alone in crowded spaces?
Questions like this were the swell behind the wave of artistic production that lead to this body of work. Each of the pieces on this show provide a lens, a window through which the viewer is invited to peer, anonymously and covertly into the private experiences of someone, adrift in the tumultuous wash of metropolitan mayhem. Unlike the screens of our technology, the canvas allows us uncensored access to the protagonist, unaware of our presence, caught in moments of introspection, disorientation or yearning.
This was Smit’s very first solo exhibition which opened December 2018 for just one night, displaying 14 works, 11 which sold on the same night.