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Alexandria Smith

Pretend Gravitas and Dream Aborted Givens

April 28–June 4, 2022
Park & 75, New York

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Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Alexandria Smith, [Ruminations on] the joy fantastic, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm)© Alexandria Smith

Alexandria Smith, [Ruminations on] the joy fantastic, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm)
© Alexandria Smith

Alexandria Smith, Libations for soul wares, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 47 ⅞ inches (152.2 × 121.6 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, Libations for soul wares, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 47 ⅞ inches (152.2 × 121.6 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, how the light gets in, 2022 Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ⅞ × 23 ⅝ × 1 ¾ inches (58 × 60 × 4.5 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, how the light gets in, 2022

Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ⅞ × 23 ⅝ × 1 ¾ inches (58 × 60 × 4.5 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, [we be] spring, 2021 Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 24 ⅝ × 27 × 1 ¾ inches (62.5 × 68.5 × 4.5 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, [we be] spring, 2021

Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 24 ⅝ × 27 × 1 ¾ inches (62.5 × 68.5 × 4.5 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, Stars in my pocket, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, Stars in my pocket, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, a Mythopoeic ecstasy, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, a Mythopoeic ecstasy, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, a coloured tomorrowland, 2021 Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ½ × 19 ½ x 1 ¾ inches (57 × 49.4 × 4.5 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, a coloured tomorrowland, 2021

Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ½ × 19 ½ x 1 ¾ inches (57 × 49.4 × 4.5 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, In the sha(llows)dows, 2021 Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ½ × 19 ½ × 1 ¾ inches (57 × 49.4 × 4.5 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, In the sha(llows)dows, 2021

Mixed media on paper, in artist’s frame, 22 ½ × 19 ½ × 1 ¾ inches (57 × 49.4 × 4.5 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Alexandria Smith, The Lightbearers, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 49 ½ × 85 inches (125.7 × 215.9 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, The Lightbearers, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 49 ½ × 85 inches (125.7 × 215.9 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, Reverence to my Glories, 2022 Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

Alexandria Smith, Reverence to my Glories, 2022

Mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Rob McKeever

About

My characters embody multiple states of being as manifestations of hybridity and duality that simultaneously challenge heteronormative gender roles, allude to a divided self, and underscore the complex realities of humanity.
—Alexandria Smith

Gagosian is pleased to present Pretend Gravitas and Dream Aborted Givens, an exhibition of new works by Alexandria Smith at its Park & 75 location. Organized by Antwaun Sargent, this is Smith’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

In Pretend Gravitas and Dream Aborted Givens, Smith continues her investigation of selfhood alongside the confidences, contradictions, and uncertainties of the queer Black femme body through allegorical assemblage paintings and collage drawings housed in the artist’s custom frames.

Smith’s mixed-media works begin with drawings, which she develops intuitively within an ever-evolving personal cosmology. Atop colorful arrangements of bold shapes, she layers sculpted elements of painted wood and polymer clay that emerge beyond the picture plane, inspired by the pioneering assemblage artist Betye Saar, Black womanist literature, science fiction, and album art of the 1960s and ’70s.

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Still from Daughters of the Dust (1991), directed by Julie Dash

Screening

Alexandria Smith Selects

May 20–June 2, 2022
Metrograph, New York
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Alexandria Smith has curated a selection of films that have influenced her practice for many years, as part of a series copresented by Gagosian and Metrograph in the theater and online. The program will feature cinema exploring themes of loneliness through the prism of the fantastical; notions of family through spirituality; and the deconstruction of narrative through the disruption and manipulation of time.

Still from Daughters of the Dust (1991), directed by Julie Dash