The exhibit Vacancies: New Works by Josh Smith provides an opportunity for the art viewer. Forever intrigued by the surfaces of the mundane, Smith’s photographs seek to elevate the spaces of our day-to-day experience. Drawing from the tradition of street photography, Smith’s photos describe intuitive responses, illuminating the spaces of the in-between.
Art critic Dewitt Cheng recently wrote: “Smith opts for a slower, meditative effect; his work asks the viewer to create through imagination the connections between everyday surroundings that are not inherently dramatic, or immediately meaningful.”
Each image in Vacancies affirms the photograph’s ability to diffuse, transform, and redirect meaning. The viewer is encouraged to examine the ordinary, experiencing revelations in plain sight. Vacancies is comprised of 33 photographs and was created in a variety of urban settings, including San Francisco, St. Louis, and Paris.