Call it the activist group.
Nick Smith has set up a "donation center" in a corner of the exciting exhibition at the California African American Museum ". Bins of travel-
Large and Small toiletries, pillows, tarps, socks and toys are on the shelves.
"Be an American," remove the plastic cover on a luxurious red, white and blue blanket.
The order is empty as a packaging slogan, but Smith presents it as a sharp provocation, part of the show's larger assertion about nurturing and founding, art has a deep connection with human beings.
Smith works in the media, usually a combination of paintings, sculptures, collages and installations.
The fabric is always the same
Pieces of cloth and pieces of clothing that are cut, glued, tied and tied.
Many of the materials used by Smith have already played a role in the world, providing shelter or decoration for the body.
In the new context, the memory of its previous purpose blends with the commitment to new features (primarily metaphorical.
A 2018 piece, like a true banner on our planet, hangs in a corner along a long wall.
It's big and heavy, pieced together by quilting motion blankets, plastic tarps, denim jeans, printed fabrics, nylon skins for recycled shopping bags and umbrellas.
The sky above us is continuous and has no boundary.
Its signs here are pieced together, full of vibrant dignity, and things on Earth are redesigned as roofs of heaven.
The shelter is the title of the show (
The essence of the independent curator becomes stiff)
And its theme everywhere. "The Watcher (
She walked in the starlight. " (2018)
Looking looking for it, a wandering figure made of various fabrics, is filled, tied and tied to the palette of the night.
Like a homeless soul wearing all her stuff, she's bulky and oversized and a strong presence --
Part is the common ancestor, part is the common destiny.
Smith mentioned the comfort of refuge in love residence (2018)
A device arranged on one wall with angled symbols of domestic debris: a base sink scattered with small soap;
A pure black dress on the hanger;
A milk carton with a buffer;
Children's paintings wrapped in plastic.
At the other end of the gallery, the installation continues in the form of a corner and fits closely with a carton, just like a miniature home with carpets and fakes.
A private sanctuary of wonder-filled children, near the temporary residence of the street
Binding adults driven by requirements.
Foster national unity and re-conflict.
California Museum of African Americans at 600 California state Avenue Expo ParkA. Through Sept. 9; closed Mondays. (213)744-7432, www. caamuseum.