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SELECTED WORKS BY Zak Smith

Full-Spectrum Dominance in All Theaters
Zak Smith
Full-Spectrum Dominance in All Theaters

2007

Acrylic and metallic ink on paper

82.5 x 71.1 cm
Many of the models for Los Angeles-based artist Zak Smith’s images are women he meets in his alternative employment: as an actor in pornographic films. As in certain examples of shunga – the erotic woodblock prints made in Edo period Japan – the other protagonists are octopuses, whose many-suckered tentacles happily provide a variety of pleasurable outcomes.
Things I Drew and Pinned to the Wall
Zak Smith
Things I Drew and Pinned to the Wall

2007

Acrylic on paper

89.5 x 71.1 cm
The giving and receiving of pleasure isn’t simply the subject in Smith’s work, though: a kind of intensely patterned, highly decorative visual delight is intrinsic to his form, too. Influenced in part by the jewel-like surfaces of Gustav Klimt, as well as the graphic immediacy and pictorial concentration of the classic comic strip, Smith’s work holds explicit storytelling at bay, preferring instead to imply narratives of erotic abandon, loneliness and excess.
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Mandy Morbid  (II)
Zak Smith
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Mandy Morbid (II)

2007

Acrylic on paper

88.9 x 69. 8 cm
His paintings’ intricacy demands an intimate closeness of viewing, providing an unexpected frisson in the viewer. Yet Smith eschews the notion of complex underlying meaning, saying “If you keep looking up from your cheeseburger to read a plaque on a wall explaining why they made you a cheeseburger then that cheeseburger is not a good cheeseburger.”
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Sasha Grey
Zak Smith
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Sasha Grey

2007

Acrylic and metallic ink on paper

91.4 x 67.3 cm
100 Girls and 100 Octopuses
Zak Smith
100 Girls and 100 Octopuses

2005

Acrylic and metallic ink on paper: 98 parts Each part:

25.4 x 20.3 cm Overall: 175.2 x 281.9 cm
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Zak Smith
100 Girls and 100 Octopuses

2005

Acrylic and metallic ink on paper: 98 parts Each part:

25.4 x 20.3 cm Overall: 175.2 x 281.9 cm
Text by Ben Street

Zak Smith's BIOGRAPHY

Zak Smith
Born in 1976, in Syracuse, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY (forthcoming May)

2010
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY, A Show About Nothing

2008
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY Midnight in the Empire

2007
Fred, London, UK
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL Half the Artist's Proceeds from This Show Will Go to Benefit the Victims of God and Capitalism

2005
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY, Exquisite as Fuck

2004
Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN, Hope You Like It

2003
Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY, Paintings That Look Good and Were Hard to Make

2002
Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY, 20 Eyes in My Head
Yale Norfolk Summer Program, Norfolk, CT


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Saatchi Gallery, London, England, The Power of Paper

2010
MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art), New York, NY.
Neo Integrity, 106 Greene, Brooklyn, NY, Tenants
The Butcher’s Daughter, Ferndale, Michigan, No Vacancy
HBC, Berlin, Germany, Lynchmob

2007
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions

2006
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, New Work: Zak Smith, Tim Gardner and Marcelino Goncalves
Fredericks & Freiser, New York, Sweets and Beauties

2005
Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY, 2nd Annual Watercolor Exhibition
Estrany De La Mota, Barcelona, Spain, Feeling Strangely Fine

2004
Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands Drawings Only
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 2004 Whitney Biennial
Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Me, Myself & I Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, Moving Outlines

2002
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Hello, My Name Is…, (curated by Laura Hoptman and Elizabeth Thomas)
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation (curated by Barbara Bloemink, catalogue)

2001
Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, I See You ² (curated by Sam Messer and Kiki Smith)