Lance L. Smith: For Always

Lance L. Smith: "For Always"
Jan 17, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Winchester Cultural Center Gallery
3130 McLeod Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89121
Reception Friday, January 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

In the exhibition “For Always,” Lance L. Smith highlights a conversation with the memories of his mother. Aided by a few photographs, Smith works to fill in the inevitable gaps and builds a narrative. He uses repetition and the details of personal adornment combined with parallels to his own body and experience to do so.

Working with diverse media—oils, canvas, charcoal, and paper, the soft focus of Smith’s images evoke the haze that often accompany our memories. Ultimately, he presents us with a visual archive that is self-consciously as much a dream as it is an attempt to document reality.

Lance L. Smith is a fine artist and illustrator based in Las Vegas, NV. Since completing his BFA at UNLV, Smith has been active both in and out of the studio. Multiple local and national group exhibitions have featured his work, and the subject matter of those pieces ranged from political satire and commentary about race to portraiture and popular culture. His work has attracted the attention of the media covering the arts in Las Vegas, including Nevada Public Radio, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Desert Companion. Smith has also participated in community panels discussing his role as a Black Queer artist. His work uses drawing, painting, and performance to speak his lived experience with particular attention to the impact of racial and gender identities. Smith hopes his work can help give voice to marginalized people in artistic spaces.