Darden Smith
"Western Skies"

"Yucca", lithograph/screen print, edition of 20, image size: 12x14 inches, paper size: 13.5x16.25 inches
Darden Smith

East Gallery
March 5 - May 3, 2022

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 5, 6pm-9pm
Live Music Performance:
Thursday, April 28, 7pm-9pm

Darden Smith’s multi-media practice spans photography, drawing, illustration, video, songs, essays and performance. He seeks to find the humor in the mundane, the beauty in the rubble and the grace of the overlooked detail in order to translate what he sees into something new. He’s not interested in making an exact replica of what he sees because, in his words, “We already have that.” Moving between and combining mediums allows Smith a broader horizon. As a songwriter, Smith is rooted in the Texas traditions, and as such, the power of story is prevalent in his works. In his mind, a piece, whether it’s a song, drawing or photograph, isn’t finish until it sings.

As a visual artist he is influenced by cartoons, line drawings, his quite extensive stamp collection, Francisco Goya’s etchings, Karl Blossfeldt’s nature photography, Cy Twombly’s paintings, Francesco Clementi’s watercolors, and what he calls rhythmic visual dissonance – the objects and repeated patterns our lives.

Along with releasing 16 full length albums, Smith has composed music for film, TV and dance/theater. His symphony, "Grand Motion" (1999) was commissioned by the Austin Symphony. His drawings and etchings have been shown at Bale Allen Gallery (2018), Flatbed Press (2019), and Mark Smith Art (2020). His work is in private and corporate collections in the US, UK, and Belgium.

Smith’s book, "The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living)" was released in 2018. "Western Skies" is Smith’s latest release and is his most expansive project to date, encompassing a book of photographs, lyrics and essays, an album of new songs, lithographs, drawings, video, and spoken word.

Lithographs / Screen Prints

Image Size – 12 x 14 inches

Paper size – 13 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches

Paper – BFK Rives 280 gram

Edition of 20