October 2, 2016

Provenance Gallery October Exhibition

Provenance Gallery is pleased to present Adorn the Mess, an exhibition featuring the work of Jen Frost Smith. Join us for the opening reception on Second Saturday, October 8th, from 7pm - 10pm.

Smith uses methods of action painting and collage to create an immersive environment in which symbols and mark-making express the layers of self-worth within the language of contemporary art such as painting, video, and installation. She is a self-professed Maximalist. 

"Crippling self-doubt offset by the need to create and share images makes a curious cocktail. There is a constant war anthem in the head of some artists. There is no pretty bow to wrap and deliver the flaws. Agoraphobic early morning sessions of wild mark making and late night impulses to record mundane processes form the curvature of the week. Let’s ignore the platitudes and face the mess. I’m the mess and my work is the mess. Let me adorn it for you to make it easier to look at."

Accompanying the installation at Provenance Gallery, during the month of October, is an interactive web-based performance located at adornthemess.persona.co.

Jen Frost Smith grew up in central Texas and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Trans-Media and Sculpture. After completing her BFA she moved to Baltimore, MD to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art and completed her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media. She has exhibited work nationally including, Austin Museum of Digital Art, Co-Lab, Transmodern Festival, Museum of Human Achievement, Current Gallery, Freight Gallery and most recently, Pink Box Collective. She currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX, and is Co-Director and Resident Artist at Clamp Light Studios & Gallery.
Artist Website: www.jenfrostsmith.com

Exhibition will be on view until October 30th, by appointment.