New print edition ‘Crackers’ selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019.
New podcast April 2019 – John Smith interviewed by Richard West about improvisation in his working process.
John Smith’s new video work ‘State of Grace’ screening in competition at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, 1-6/5/19) and Hamburg International Short Film Festival, 5-11/6/19.
Screening of John Smith’s films ‘Slow Glass’, ‘Steve Hates Fish’ and ‘Associations’ at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, where he will be in conversation with Alice Butler and Jenny Brady, October 13th, 2018
Nuit Blanche screening curated by Keren Cytter of John Smith’s films ‘Song for Europe’, ‘Steve Hates Fish, ‘White Hole’, ‘Dad’s Stick’, ‘Blight’, ‘Gargantuan’, ‘Om’, ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’ at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France, where he will be in conversation with Deke Dusinberre, October 6th 2018,
John Smith’s annotated text from ‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien exhibited in ‘The Annotated Reader’, a project by Ryan Gander and J P Watts, Cork Street Galleries, London, October 2nd to October 13th, 2018
Video ‘The Last Word’, a collaboration with Marcia Farquhar, showing in her solo exhibition ‘Marcia Farquhar – DIFFIKUΛT’ CGP Gallery, Dilston Grove, London, September 13th to October 28th 2018
Video ‘Jour de Fête’ screening at the ‘Encounters’ Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol, September 25th to 30th and the BFI London Film Festival, October 10th to 21st 2018. “A mischievous tribute to Jacques Tati that exposes some cultural contradictions of contemporary Europe” Helen de Witt, London Film Festival catalogue
Video ‘Song for Europe‘ screening at ‘Doc|Fest’ Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, June 7th to 12th and Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 5th to 11th 2018
Royal Academy of Arts, London – June 12th to 19th August 2018
Mixed media work ‘Veneer on Board’ in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Whitechapel Gallery, London – May 15th to June 10th 2018
Video works ‘Dad’s Stick‘ and ‘Dark Light’ in the exhibition ‘Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade’
“A protagonist in Don DeLillo’s novel Falling Man (2007), reflects about a friend: “Maybe he was a terrorist but he was one of ours, she thought . . . which meant godless, Western, white.” Such disconcerting ambiguities mark the best work here, including Kerry Tribe’s casting-call film Untitled (Potential Terrorist), 2002, and John Smith’s perfectly guileless video Throwing Stones, (Hotel Diaries #3), 2004, where his camera surveils a room as he idly soliloquizes about inconsequential and world-changing events.” Mark Harris, Critics’ Picks, Artforum, January 21st 2018
On the evening of May 31st John Smith will present a programme of his films at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, where he will be in conversation with writer and cultural theorist Ana Teixeira Pinto.
On June 1st between 11 am and 7 pm an extensive retrospective of 21 other films organised as five thematic programmes will screen in the same venue.
Turner Contemporary, Margate – February 3rd to May 7th 2018
|Video work ‘The Waste Land‘ showing in the exhibition ‘Journeys with The Waste Land‘
“I especially admired John Smith’s short film, set in a pub lavatory, where the dankness of Eliot’s postwar pessimism finds a perfect textural echo in the grim details of the urinal. “The nymphs are departed. Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song,” recites the artist, cruelly, as the bog fills up with urine. In a clever and comic concluding touch, the closing door of the toilets is signed with a wicked anagram, TSELIOT.” Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times, February 11th 2018