Rhythm Sequence: Gemma Smith
In Rhythm Sequence, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) will trace the work of the Australian artist Gemma Smith since 2003. The exhibition – Smith’s first career survey – comprises 50 paintings and sculptures, with stylistic approaches ranging from geometric prisms to utter abstraction of colour and shape.
From Smith’s earliest work (depicting geometric shapes and crystalline forms), to her most recent work (which barely uses colour), the exhibition will examine her use of juxtaposition and contradiction. The art will not be arranged chronologically, but rather hung to highlight the variety of her oeuvre.
Rhythm Sequence is the first of several exhibitions UNSW will curate to display the work of influential Australian artists.
Smith was born in Sydney in 1978 and has since lived in Brisbane and Pittsburgh. She’s now based in Sydney again. Her art has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions in Australia. Writer, curator, and author Julie Evington will lead a conversation with Smith on March 16 from 3pm.
The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, until June 1.