Nick Smith’s third solo show – ‘Parlance’ is his best work to date. Taking iconic images from popular culture and adding his now trademark pantone effect, Smith has literally blurred the line between his subjects famosity and his increasing profile. The artist even depicted himself among the walls of celebrities, almost like he is predicting his own rise to fame.
Last night’s opening at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, welcomed in the month-long show. By 6:30 pm almost all the original works had sold leaving only a few pieces, including a larger than life Patrick Bateman portrait. The face of Christian Bale covered in blood filled the back wall of the basement and at £3,600 was the high-ticket item of the show.
I don’t envy the pre-show hanging session that both the gallery and artist must sweat over. The wall of 20 or so magazines from David Bowie to Karl Largerfeld must have taken some planning. With art being open to interpretation, one must assume prudence is key in the hanging of a show. With the juxtaposition of former president Obama on the cover of TIME Magazine (2009) and a younger Trump grinning on Playboy way back in 1990, does beg the question over the strategic placing of these pieces. Continuing down the line, the infamous Kanye West sits right of Trump, perhaps waiting for his shot at the Presidency. At this point, anything could happen and although outrageously ridiculous, this isn’t the first prediction I’ve seen of a President West.
‘Parlance’ opens to the public today and runs at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery on New Compton Street until 1st April.
For more information:
Visit – http://www.lawrencealkingallery.com/events/parlance. You can also follow Nick Smith’s preferred social media of choice – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nicksmith_art/.