Paul Loya Gallery


May 14 - June 17, 2015

Corey Smith is a multi-media visual artist who currently resides between, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, and Portland, OR. He has been exhibiting his work in galleries throughout the US for over a decade. Smith has been featured in countless print magazines and online sources.


Smith’s high-gloss, ultra-flat paintings capture the joys of plasticity and pre-fab environments, celebrity as the ultimate blank canvas, and the absurd hyperboles of modern leisure. But rather than repackage the manufactured world into an aestheticized form–a la post-Warholian Pop–Smith favors a post-Pop approach that brings into day-glo focus the dark vision at the corner of the spectator’s eye. The paintings find their subject in the tension between the works’ fatalistic undercurrents and the celebratory aura created by Smith’s use of bold color and bright-lined contour.

His sculptures and mixed media works develop some of these same themes, but rather than map plasticity onto flat canvas, Smith instead maps flatness onto plastic forms–whether by painting across arrays of commercially molded objects or by making use of the naturally deflective precision-cut panes of modern machinery.

In addition to his visual works Smith has also created an ongoing and evolving performance art piece in the form of a fictional religion called the Church of Quantum Interconnectedness . This faux new-age inspired religion is based on his sculptural piece called the “Personal Pyramid” a healing device in which participants are invited to interact with.  They are given only one instruction; the Personal Pyramid slogan “Let the Healing Begin”.