Fredericks & Freiser

Zak Smith : Midnight in the Empire

Zak Smith : Midnight in the Empire

536 West 24th StreetNew York, NY USA Friday, October 10, 2008Saturday, November 29, 2008

536 West 24th Street
New York, NY USA
Friday, October 10, 2008Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce Midnight in the Empire, an exhibition of new work by Zak Smith. Smith combines precise attention to detail and a razor-edged graphic intensity with an omnivorous eye that vacuums up influences as far-flung as comic-book realism, abstract expressionism, Japanese printmaking, and Persian miniature painting. With an intricate visual energy, Smith re-casts this preternaturally absorbing mixture into a seamless whole.

Midnight in the Empire features compulsively dense abstract works, a grab bag of drawings and paintings on different subjects, as well as the latest installments of "Girls In The Naked Girl Business"--Smith's ongoing series of portraits of acquaintances and friends in the sex industry. The exhibition also includes "Drawings I Did Around The Time I Became A Porn Star"--a sprawling autobiographical series of sketches recording Smith's days and nights working as "male talent" in the adult film industry. In Spring 2009, Tin House Books will publish this wall-size work under the title We Made Porn along with 300 pages of Smith's written observations on those experiences.

In our back gallery we will be showing They Fought A Running Engagement--featuring two of Smith's ongoing collaborations with other artists. The first is "On The Road Of Knives"--a hyperactive game-like work of battling monsters in which Smith, Nicholas DiGenova and Shawn Cheng each create an individual work on paper in response to a previous "move" by their fellow artist. In the second work, Smith and Cheng join Sean McCarthy, John Mejias, Craig Taylor, and Matt Wiegle to form "Six Versions of Blood Meridian."