John Smith

SMITHauthors Tanya Leighton and Kathrin Meyer, publisher Mousse, 1° edition, 236 pp., size 24 x 16 cm, 2013

This new monograph on the work of English film and video artist John Smith, conceived and designed in collaboration with the artist, provides thorough insight into a highly original and diverse practice spanning over forty years. Lavishly illustrated with still images and synopses from a complete filmography comprising nearly fifty film and video works, the book contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife. Herbert’s text provides an incisive overview of Smith’s work over the past four decades, while Christie examines his oeuvre in relation to the tradition of English eccentrism. Meyer’s essay focuses on absence and abstraction in Smith’s film The Black Tower, while De Seife looks at cinematic scale through the prism of his film Gargantuan.

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