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Mike Smith

The Lost State of Frankland

September 28 – November 3, 2018

Mike Smith (1951-)  Piney Flats, TN, 2007  Chromogenic Print  Framed: 30h x 30w in, Edition of 10, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Piney Flats, TN, 2007

Chromogenic Print

Framed: 30h x 30w in
76.20h x 76.20w cm

Edition of 5

Also available: 20 x 20 in, Edition of 10

                       40 x 40 in, Edition of 5

MS_006

Mike Smith (1951-)  Pleasant Beach, TN (07-086-7R), 2007  Chromogenic Print  30h x 30w in, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Pleasant Beach, TN (07-086-7R), 2007

Chromogenic Print

30h x 30w in
76.20h x 76.20w cm

Edition of 5

Also available: 20 x 20 in, Edition of 10

                        40 x 40 in, Edition of 5

MS_011

Mike Smith (1951-)  Watauga,TN (DSC2161.ARW), 2014  Archival Pigment Print  36h x 24w in, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Watauga,TN (DSC2161.ARW), 2014

Archival Pigment Print

36h x 24w in
91.44h x 60.96w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_010

Mike Smith (1951-)

Stoney Creek, TN (09-810-029), 2009

Archival Pigment Print

40h x 50w in
101.60h x 127w cm

MS_021

Mike Smith (1951-)  Bristol, VA (L1000558.DNG), 2012  Archival Pigment Print  24h x 36w in, Edition of 10, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Bristol, VA (L1000558.DNG), 2012

Archival Pigment Print

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_016

Mike Smith (1951-)

Boone’s Creek, TN (08-810-003), 2008

Archival Pigment Print

30h x 40w in
76.20h x 101.60w cm

MS_019

Mike Smith (1951-)  Gate City, VA (L1000558.DNG), 2014  Archival Pigment Print  24h x 36w in, Edition of 10, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Gate City, VA (L1000558.DNG), 2014

Archival Pigment Print

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_015

Mike Smith (1951-)  Carter County, TN (DSC1452.ARW), 2014  Archival Pigment Print  24h x 36w in, Edition of 10, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Carter County, TN (DSC1452.ARW), 2014

Archival Pigment Print

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_014

Mike Smith (1951-)

Cash Hollow, TN (08-810-064), 2009

Archival Pigment Print

30h x 40w in
76.20h x 101.60w cm

MS_020

Mike Smith (1951-)  Erwin, TN, 2018  Archival Pigment Print  80h x 60w in, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Erwin, TN, 2018

Archival Pigment Print

80h x 60w in
203.20h x 152.40w cm

Edition of 3

Also Available: 40 x 30 in, Edition of 5

                        50 x 40 in, Edition of 5

                        60 x 50 in, Edition of 5

MS_008

Mike Smith (1951-)

Johnson City, TN (L10000885.DNG), 2014

Archival Pigment Print

32h x 44w in
81.28h x 111.76w cm

MS_022

Mike Smith (1951-)  Elizabethon, TN (DSC2161.ARW), 2014  Archival Pigment Print  24h x 36w in

Mike Smith (1951-)

Elizabethon, TN (DSC2161.ARW), 2014

Archival Pigment Print

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

 

Mike Smith (1951-)

Carter County, TN (05-191-14R), 2005

Archival Pigment Print

40h x 30w in
101.60h x 76.20w cm

MS_017

Mike Smith (1951-)

Carter County, TN (09-810-149), 2009

Archival Pigment Print

40h x 30w in
101.60h x 76.20w cm

MS_018

Mike Smith (1951-)  Chuckey,TN (DSC4214.DNG), 2015  Archival Pigment Print  24h x 36w in, Edition of 10, Photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Chuckey,TN (DSC4214.DNG), 2015

Archival Pigment Print

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_013

Mike Smith (1951-)  Carter County, TN (DSC7105.ARW), 2013  Archival Pigment Print  36h x 24w in, photography

Mike Smith (1951-)

Carter County, TN (DSC7105.ARW), 2013

Archival Pigment Print

36h x 24w in
91.44h x 60.96w cm

Edition of 10

Also Available: 44 x 32 in, Edition of 5

                        56 x 44 in, Edition of 5

MS_009

Press Release

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works from photographer Mike Smith. Entitled The Lost State of Frankland, the exhibition features a selection of images that span over a decade, including recent works, that are a continuation of his career-long exploration of the character and culture of Eastern Tennessee.

Smith has dedicated his artistic career to visually investigating one place, remaining aesthetically aware of his surroundings in a manner that has allowed him to beautifully photograph the nuance of Eastern Tennessee over the span of almost 40 years. Smith’s work evokes familiarity in a way that only great photographs can. They hold a narrative that truthfully and sensitively represents his subject matter in a way that leads the viewer to understand the sensibility of the places and people that he photographs. In spite of this inherent familiarity, his work still holds enough mystery to leave the viewer with engaged curiosity. It’s the balance of this aesthetic sensitivity and visual complexity that makes these works so successful and intriguing.

The title The Lost State of Frankland reflects the place where he passionately practices both the art of photography and the art of getting lost. The story goes that in the 1700s a number of counties in both Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee decided to form a new state, initially named Frankland (then later Franklin), and the state existed for a mere four years (1775-1780). In reference to the series Smith states “After thirty-seven years of not knowing where I am, I have managed to photograph what I have discovered on film and sensors with a measure of beauty, awe, humor, disgust, and affection. This selection, I feel, reflects those and other qualities.” The series includes nuanced studies, rural landscapes, and intimate, vulnerable portraits, together continuing his personal portrait of Eastern Tennessee. One standout image depicts “A pickup truck bed, flattened on the picture plane with thirteen rusted stripes, littered with red gun shells, a white plastic bag, and a blue oil can, is nothing short of an East Tennessee American Flag.”

Mike Smith's work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2001 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the Tennessee Governor's Distinguished Artist Award. His work is held in the collections of major museums throughout the United States including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Smith's first monograph, You’re Not From Around Here, was released in 2004 by Johns Hopkins University Press and the Center for American Places with an essay by Robert Sobiesek, curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Originally from Massachusetts, Smith received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Yale University.