Renowned for their formal ingenuity, wit, and oblique storytelling, John Smith's influential films have been widely shown internationally for over 30 years. Drawing upon the raw material of everyday life, his meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema.
For this event John Smith will introduce a selection of his recent video works, two of which will be screening in London for the first time. The programme will include:
Dad’s Stick (2012, 5 mins, HD video)
Soft Work (2012, 37 mins, HD video)
Unusual Red Cardigan (2011, 13 mins, SD video)
The Man Phoning Mum (2011, 12 mins, HD video)
Flag Mountain (2010, 8 mins, HD video)
Since 1972 John Smith has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been shown in independent cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. His recent solo exhibitions include Figge von Rosen Gallery, Hanover (2013), Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2013), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012), Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen (2012), Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2011), PEER Gallery, London (2011), Sala Diaz Gallery, San Antonio, Texas (2010) and Royal College of Art Galleries, London (2010). Major group shows include 'Constellations', Tate Liverpool (2013), 'Image Counter Image', Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012), 'Has The Film Already Started?', Tate Britain (2011-12), Berlin Biennial (2010), ‘The Talent Show’, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MoMA PS1, New York (2010), Venice Biennale (2007), ‘A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain’, Tate Britain (2004), ‘Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75’, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000) and ‘The British Art Show’, UK touring exhibition (1984). John Smith regularly presents his work in person and in recent years it has been profiled through retrospectives at film festivals in Oberhausen, Tampere, St. Petersburg, La Rochelle, Mexico City, Uppsala, Cork, Regensburg, Karlstad, Winterthur, Bristol, Hull and Glasgow.