Ali Smith’s paintings in ‘Fever Pitch’ mark a departure from her previous work. Experimenting with larger, more gestural swaths of color and scale shifts, the compositions explore a new openness in which forms are less constrained and paint is applied in raw, lush marks. Pushing the intuitive line against more carefully edited forms and developed shapes, Smith utilizes color as a potent form of communication.
Ranging in size from ambitious to intimate, ‘Fever Pitch’ spotlights Smith’s range and desire to give the viewer a complex, multi-layered perceptual experience. Drawing on the history of abstraction while often breaking down or remixing, Smith toys with elements from art history as seen through her eyes: “My new series of paintings combines intuitive drawing with more slowly drawn-out imagery, which collides to create complex, almost map-like surfaces. With this latest work, there are a variety of surfaces—sculptural, flat, atmospheric, gestural application against intricate marks—that create a visual flip-flop or contradiction, a constant theme in my work.”