Collage on Board (Paper, Posters, Paint)
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Josh Smith’s works explore ideas of authorship and originality. In Untitled, Smith interrupts his collaged backdrop of photocopies and printed matter with hand-painted elements, both elevating the aura of mechanized copy and demoting the autonomy of the artist’s gesture. Smith’s practice is highly idiosyncratic: generating a prolific output of work, his processes and aesthetic engage with repetition as a philosophical concept. Drawing reference to Andy Warhol’s mass production, Hanne Darboven’s obsessive archives, and Robert Rauschenberg’s combines, Smith approaches replication, aggregation, and appropriation as an artistic sublime.