The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
One Across the Bow
Works on Paper by William Smith
August 20—September 26, 2010
The Quicksilver Mine Co. will present a one man exhibition of recent drawings and prints by Santa Rosa artist William Smith beginning August 20th.
One Across the Bow, continues in the gallery through September 26th.
Smith's drawings (and many of the prints) often take form as a cover on his work surface: doodles, marks, spills, stains and notes. A menagerie of comically grotesque and cartoon-like characters follows, archetypes for various moods, emotions and actions, almost suggestive of large pages torn from his artist journal.
"My experiences in printmaking allow me to create layers of imagery while reusing and recomposing my menagerie of characters and props," says the artist. "I don’t think of these as independent tales, but rather as parts of the same story, viewed from different angles."
Although much of his work looks at a darker and more conflicted side of human nature, Smith's fascination seems not so much with perilous or negative behavior as with the ensuing comedic and often absurd consequences of human action.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Smith received a BFA with from Sonoma State University and MFA in printmaking from West Virginia University. He has worked as a printer and technician at Aurobora Press in San Francisco, and independently. He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County, California.
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An artist reception for Smith will be held on Saturday August 21st from 4—6pm.