Artist Statement Submitted 2014
The refined element of time seen in the works of Andrew Smaldone is derived from the observation of architecture and a similar extraction process. Space generates images that are related to a memory the artist had where art as a practice, as a development, or as a perception occupies a series of rooms or places: an art school, a set of stairs and a non-profit gallery are three such examples. In the moment in which they are portrayed, abandoned of their original purpose, the architecture Smaldone paints reveals that the artist has conserved a dormant memory of their history; namely, what they contain. It is something that has not hardened into a definite shape, but it keeps changing, it keeps its form and is still able to be modified by those who return to lift the curtain in order to let the light in.
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