Opening date: 06 Feb 2019
Running date: 19 Feb 2019
Clay Smith Solo Exhibition
Opening night 8th February 6 pm to 9 pm
In his art, Clay divulges a fascination for fictitious, mythological and historical personifications. Changing the subtext and synthesising Japanese provincial and territorial mythology The Distortion of Eri Eringo, Ch. 1 to 4, is a wicked ghost story referencing Kabuki and Noh theatre. The four chapters take the viewer on a journey starting with the unforeseen capture, the protagonists escape, the villainous training grounds and the tide turning. Accompanying dialogue in each chapter entreats the viewer to join Eri.
Clay Smith has exhibited his mordant wit and underground sensibilities into life, stylistically working in the lowbrow and pop-surrealist genre over the last 11 years. He has brought forth a multitude of seminal satirical themes including Jargon Slayer, The Warmongering Bunnies, and Technotopia to name a few.
His works have been widely collected in Australia and abroad. This is his 23rd solo exhibit and 39th in total. Having shown multiple times in celebrated galleries like No Vacancy Gallery, Blank Space, Salerno Gallery and Jugglers Art Space with gratitude, The Distortion of Eri Eringo, Ch. 1 to 4 will be the first dance with M2.