Internationally acclaimed ceramicist Martin Smith will be showing a series of wall-based works. The series represents an entirely new departure in his investigation into ideas of containment and perceptions of space resulting from the carefully orchestrated interplay of form and light.
The change in orientation, from horizontal to vertical plane, has opened up a range of new possibilities, and his use of geometrical form takes into account the viewers' changing spatial awareness as they approach and traverse the installations. Such architectural sensibilities are also apparent in the formal detailing of the works and in Smith's choice of materials which include a rich red brick clay and light reflective aluminum leaf.
Several of the new works are composed of multiple pieces or sections in which precise geometrical systems are set up, but then subtly subverted in various ways. For example, directional lines flow from one section to another, linking individual light filled spaces while introducing a strong counter-dynamic. Alternatively elliptical shapes may extend beyond a section, in part described and in part imagined.