Smith & Day
Smith & Day are a collaborative duo consisting of Katie Smith Day and Ryan Day. Their art practice involves color relationships and how color translates to form. They give importance to the element of play and the balancing of visual tension in their process. Smith & Day work primarily through painting, photography, and digital media.
"This introductory series from artist duo is centralized around memories from warm, watery summers spent abroad. These playful, observational paintings magnify small but luminous moments from photographs through exaggerated alterations to existing form and color.
Color relationships are a primary focus of this work. La Fraîcheur du Sud V exhibits a celebration of how the Mediterranean Sea can seem to be made up of thousands of different greens and blues when the sun shines through the waves. An exciting visual contrast is present in areas where a hot tangerine dot is surrounded by a mass of pale periwinkle. This body of work is made in phases, beginning with digital painting serving as a loose map for composition and color decisions. Next, small versions are painted in watercolor or gouache to distance further from the photograph, and the final resolution is completed in oil and is the largest in scale.
While the artist’s works have originated from photographs taken on location, their romanticized subjects have been influenced by the French film movement which emerged in the 1950s and 1960 known as French New Wave or La Nouvelle Vague. Specifically, Eric Rohmer’s films which are often set in dramatically beautiful and idyllic landscapes. Beyond aesthetic qualities, the way these New Wave films were made, often in a documentary style with basic or limited equipment, runs parallel to how Smith & Day are interested in approaching the painting process."
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