“In times of chaos, we sometimes lean a little too far in the opposite direction to try balance out the feelings of our own personal loss of control, which is what this piece represents, a compulsive desire to Index, File and Catalog various aspects of our lives. Some taking this task further than others and even allowing it to blind them from other more difficult truths.”
Smit’s second solo exhibition follows on from his first, “CURB” which dealt with our relationship with our urban environments and the strange irony that develops in increasingly larger cities, finding that the closer people live together the further alienated they feel.
Smit has taken careful detail in choosing which subjects to paint by adding another level of complexity to his various compositions, taking into consideration each character’s social structure, hierarchies and inner tumultuous seas or placid pools that spill over into their depicted world.
Bound offers a small glimpse into the world of the chosen subject, like a frozen moment of people watching, that if viewed carefully enough can tell you everything about them.