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Fort Worth Community Arts Center will present Jerry Smith's exhibit titled, "This'n That - Apropros Appropriation."

According to Jerry Smith, after completing his Dad's farm estate sale, he recognized that his whole life included the concept of collecting things, for the purpose we today call "repurposing".  Whether it was a barn or basement, the walls were a visual statement of eclecticism. Items were hung by nails on studs, packed onto shelves, and displayed, awaiting the day that one would wander by, and say "that's exactly what I need right now".  

Smith thinks his art comes from same experience, objects and ideas and images, packed to fill the space of a canvas or picture frame in the same manner of my upbringing.  While a series of paint-by-number inspired works are a contrast with a budding series of self-portrait collages, their differences in content and intent are overshadowed by my personal recognition that the process is exactly the same. Aquisition, contemplation and repurposing. He had vintage school charts, and tacky paint-by-number artworks that literally have been carried with me for a score of years. He has sheets of self portrait demonstration drawings made in class for teaching purposes, after the lesson, who wants a picture of the artist? Smith has folders of old test scantron sheets from days of curriculum committee work, lamenting work quality and plummeting grades. He stores away phrases from politicians and preachers, children and spouse. Somewhere in his absent-minded professor ADHD--squirrel - distracted mind , things come together, and as as time allows, a product comes from the free-association simmering stew pot.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through August 21.

Fort Worth Community Arts Center will present Jerry Smith's exhibit titled, "This'n That - Apropros Appropriation."

According to Jerry Smith, after completing his Dad's farm estate sale, he recognized that his whole life included the concept of collecting things, for the purpose we today call "repurposing". Whether it was a barn or basement, the walls were a visual statement of eclecticism. Items were hung by nails on studs, packed onto shelves, and displayed, awaiting the day that one would wander by, and say "that's exactly what I need right now".

Smith thinks his art comes from same experience, objects and ideas and images, packed to fill the space of a canvas or picture frame in the same manner of my upbringing. While a series of paint-by-number inspired works are a contrast with a budding series of self-portrait collages, their differences in content and intent are overshadowed by my personal recognition that the process is exactly the same. Aquisition, contemplation and repurposing. He had vintage school charts, and tacky paint-by-number artworks that literally have been carried with me for a score of years. He has sheets of self portrait demonstration drawings made in class for teaching purposes, after the lesson, who wants a picture of the artist? Smith has folders of old test scantron sheets from days of curriculum committee work, lamenting work quality and plummeting grades. He stores away phrases from politicians and preachers, children and spouse. Somewhere in his absent-minded professor ADHD--squirrel - distracted mind , things come together, and as as time allows, a product comes from the free-association simmering stew pot.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through August 21.

Fort Worth Community Arts Center will present Jerry Smith's exhibit titled, "This'n That - Apropros Appropriation."

According to Jerry Smith, after completing his Dad's farm estate sale, he recognized that his whole life included the concept of collecting things, for the purpose we today call "repurposing". Whether it was a barn or basement, the walls were a visual statement of eclecticism. Items were hung by nails on studs, packed onto shelves, and displayed, awaiting the day that one would wander by, and say "that's exactly what I need right now".

Smith thinks his art comes from same experience, objects and ideas and images, packed to fill the space of a canvas or picture frame in the same manner of my upbringing. While a series of paint-by-number inspired works are a contrast with a budding series of self-portrait collages, their differences in content and intent are overshadowed by my personal recognition that the process is exactly the same. Aquisition, contemplation and repurposing. He had vintage school charts, and tacky paint-by-number artworks that literally have been carried with me for a score of years. He has sheets of self portrait demonstration drawings made in class for teaching purposes, after the lesson, who wants a picture of the artist? Smith has folders of old test scantron sheets from days of curriculum committee work, lamenting work quality and plummeting grades. He stores away phrases from politicians and preachers, children and spouse. Somewhere in his absent-minded professor ADHD--squirrel - distracted mind , things come together, and as as time allows, a product comes from the free-association simmering stew pot.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through August 21.

WHEN

WHERE

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
https://www.fwcac.com/post/this-n-that-apropros-appropriation-by-jerry-smith

TICKET INFO

Admission is free.
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