We had the chance to talk with Mexican artist Smithe about his recent art show in Europe titled “Neon Daemon” at the Montana Gallery in Barcelona.
He definitely razzle-dazzled with this new color palette which is increasingly sophisticated, but also preserved Smithe’s traditional mastery with the brush and spray paint.
Demons have been, from the beginning of time, archetypes of the sole force of the natural and supernatural. For Smithe, those evils lead us to stray away from the path, and wake up our most primitive and heartless inner self. The only evil to be recognized does not inhabit in theoretical, metaphysical things, but in us.
His show reflects an introspection of the ego, an inside out approach to expose our real demons; those real monsters living inside every human being.
Instagrafite: Why to explore our inner demons, after your latest exhibition, in which you digged deeper into mental illness?
Smithe: After “Fisuras de la materia,” the exhibition where I portrayed some mental disorders, I was thinking to do an exhibition of busts and faces. I had some ideas but I ended up doing some research about the inner demons. This idea came up from how we are all our own graveyards and we do not realize very often.
Instagrafite: What can you tell us about your creative process? — We know it was fast and furious, because of the lack of time…
Smithe: For me, it was a cool exercise to demystify and portray possible borderline personalities are around us. The color palette also helped me out to get deeper into the matter and get more intensity from every face on my paintings.
Instagrafite: What’s next for Smithe?
Smithe: Well, good things are coming down the road. Some big walls in Mexico City, an art show at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC this August and finally… the opening of TOBA GALLERY. Stay tuned!
Smithe’ show its more like a critique of the concept of “demons” its unorthodox reflections and its natural kinship with bipolar spectrums. For him, these things are not fantasies or allegories, are not the external influences that haphazardly flexes the virtue and seduces our evilness. “We are the demons. We are our worst enemy.” –That is so true! #IMAO
Thank you to this amazing “chato” for the interview and Montana Gallery Barcelona for the images.