Regen Projects presents FAIR GROUNDS by New York-based artist Sable Elyse Smith. This is the gallery’s first solo exhibition with the artist, and it will remain on view through October 21, 2023.

Sable Elyse Smith

For over a decade, Smith has parsed the materiality of ideology and its insidious infrastructures. Spanning work in video, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and text, she samples and combines distinct visual cultures and architectural forms to visualize the carceral state, scrutinizing how power and inequity solidify and delimit real lives. Featuring two powder-coated stainless-steel sculptures, new works from her Coloring Book series, a neon text sculpture, as well as several photographic works, the exhibition stages a dialogue of site, language, and shape to interrogate how distinctions and definitions of space dangerously weave violence, spectacle, and entertainment together.

Additionally Smith regularly works across a variety of media and formats in pursuit of a comprehensive conceptual project. By invoking “The Weather,” Smith references the writings of scholar Christina Sharpe, who—in her 2016 book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being—writes, “It is not the specifics of any one event or set of events that are endlessly repeatable and repeated, but the totality of the environments in which we struggle; the machines in which we live; what I am calling the weather.”

Sable Elyse Smith

Artwork by Sable Elyse Smith

Artist History

Born in 1986, Los Angeles, CA, the artist lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She also received an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York.

On view: September 9 – October 21, 2023; Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

What: FAIR GROUNDS, Sable Elyse Smith
Where: Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038
When: Running through October 21, 2023

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