FA 102 Blog Post # 1
For my first post, I would like to examine the latest work of Zak Smith in relation conceptual art. Zak Smiths art really portrays conceptual art because you see his outside world influencing his art world. Zak Smiths latest work “Maximum Everything Always” was debuted in May of this year. For those of you not familiar with his work, know that Zak Smith has made a career of drawing people, household objects and abstract art using acrylic and ink. With his latest works, we see very detailed pieces comprised together to make huge works of art. Not only are these works eye catching with the use of complimentary colors, but also they are esthetically pleasing because you can tell his subjects are things close to the artist. In art last semester, I participated in a study of Zak Smith and learned that he does in fact use the personal world of his work in the porn industry and love for comic books as inspiration for his art. By observing his works, you can see these elements in his life are the main subjects in his art. Take for example the women he draws in raw form on set. They are exposed and each subject has a glimmer of emotion on their faces; all expressing emotions they have in the industry they work in, the alternative porn industry that is. The abstract shapes he creates expresses to the viewer the way we see objects in the simplest of forms. We could stare at an object and point out every minor detail. I think there is something more challenging in the idea of staring at shapes and lines and creating an image in your mind, much as comic books do for the viewer.
With Zak Smith’s art, especially with his latest pieces, I feel that you get more of a sense of his passions in life. The most recent pieces lead your imagination to connect with the various self-portraits in these massive collages like pieces he has made. With such obvious presence in where he grabs his inspiration, I feel as if that creates more of a dialogue between artists and viewers. This can be a rare, but very important thing when trying to examine the art and learn from other perspectives.