Ten photo shows you should see

Mickey Smith, “Denudation” at Invisible-Exports

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The subject of these dark, somewhat brooding photos is an abandoned library emptied of its contents. Details of barren shelves, a rickety old library ladder and a forlorn piece of bookbinding left on the floor hint at some sort of narrative, but the point of the images seems to be precisely the opposite: that the who, what, when, where and how of this situation can never be divined. Through Dec 9

Review: Mickey Smith, Denudation (closes Dec.9!)

Monday, December 5, 2012

Take a look at Denudation, Mickey Smith’s third solo show. Where? INVISIBLE-EXPORTS. The remnants of a crime scene. Dark, sparse, and seemingly suspicious photographs, leaving out important elements that would otherwise reveal the greater whole. Close-up shots of dust, traces of questionable white powder, and stacked, ambiguous boxes. What is really going on here? Test your awareness: struggle to place together the given pieces, and solve this crime.

What would you say if I told you that Denudation is really an investigation of the library as “a technology of forgetting?” Nearly emptied, this library has become stripped of its role. Smith removed the deserted objects of their context, just like the works in any library are taken from their original roles to all reside together in a single space. While the library is usually viewed as a shelter, it is also a place to where ideas are taken and then forgotten. Smith questions the library as a place of preservation and instead introduces it as an overlooked space of forgotten memories.

In the Stacks with Mickey Smith

September 13, 2012

Considering our modern tendency to get swept up in the world of digital technology, it’s refreshing to see a body of photographic work that deals with the Kindle or the Ipad’s predecessor: the book. Mickey Smith, an American photographer currently starting up in New Zealand, has focused her energy on photographing books, bound journals, and the like. Countless hours in libraries around the world have culminated into her numerous series like  Believe You Me and Collocations. Read the interview.

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