McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “Reflections” featuring recent paintings and sculptures by Gary Haven Smith. The show will run from October 9 - November 9, with an opening reception on October 12 from 5 to 7 PM. It is free and open to the public.
Gary Haven Smith has long been recognized as one of New Hampshire’s premier sculptors – completing such public works as The Source, a large sculpture at the Thorne-Sagendorf Gallery at Keene State College and the fountain in the entry of Concord Hospital. Many of his paintings and sculptures are in private and public collections throughout the state including the Currier Museum of Art and the New Britain Museum of Art.
Gary continues to coax art from stone, lead and slate, letting the tools take the lead in the design. His most recent work has moved towards a sparer, more elegant look with fewer colors. “I am pushing the tools more than the materials” says Smith. And sometimes that push requires restraint. This is evident in the large painting “Vernalis.” The grain of the slate creates waves of concentric pattern which are broken up by the organic forms of gold leaf ebbing and flowing across the surface. The grid pattern of the slate pieces adds a geometric orderliness to the painting. “My paintings are moving away from color and towards etching and gilding of the surface. The texture of the materials does enough.”
Smith continues to explore mechanically controlled cutting of granite boulders to create his sculptures. In “One the Way II” he has allowed the diamond tipped blade to slowly drop through a stone while it rotates on a turntable. Cutting at approximately an inch an hour the movement creates a tight helix. “The sculptures are about what is there and what isn’t there,” says Smith. It creates an interesting give and take between the ghost silhouette of the former stone and the freshly cut outline.
There will be a studio tour at Mr. Smith’s home on October 20 at 11 AM. People interested in attending should RSVP to the gallery at 603-225-2515. The group will meet at McGowan Fine Art at 10:30 AM to carpool to his studio.