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GREG SMITH: Garage Politburo Revisited

Greg Smith: Garage Politburo, Installation View, 2019

Greg Smith: Garage Politburo, Installation View, 2019

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Gray, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic, newspaper and paper, 156 x 96 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Gray, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic, newspaper and paper, 156 x 96 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Gray (detail), 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic, newspaper and paper, 156 x 96 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Gray (detail), 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic, newspaper and paper, 156 x 96 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Stars, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic and newspaper, 156 x 108 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Stars, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic and newspaper, 156 x 108 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Stars, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic and newspaper, 156 x 108 in., $12,000

Greg Smith, Parachute Seal :: Motley and Stars, 2019, Nylon parachute, polyester thread, acrylic and newspaper, 156 x 108 in., $12,000

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08 May 2020

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Hi Susan…

Maybe it's exploitative to talk about COVID in an art context right now, but regardless, I find myself drifting in that direction during all this insanity, in part looking backward. Forgive me! I've been thinking about my last show. Garage Politburo started with the premise that bureaucracies are so flawed, such a political target, and so degraded that, well, why not embrace technology and a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps-American-mythos to create a totally way better, semi-functioning bureaucracy as an individual artist/tinkerer. I can fill the space left by traditional bureaucracy's carcass! Absurd.

And yet. Here we are in the midst of this COVID horror, and our country's leadership, bureaucracies, deep states, etc…. are revealed to be ineffectual beyond our wildest imaginings. Now there's an army of individuals and groups that, sometimes working literally from their garage, are stepping up to fill the gaping inadequacies in what should be a large-scale, well-organized, federal response. PPE anyone? masks? tests? food? And truly God bless those stepping up, but this is all clearly nuts.

So perhaps there was something prescient about Garage Politburo (even though it was earnestly absurd, far from the tragedy that is unfolding in reality). It's marginalia now, but I wanted to pass the thought along. Maybe in the future, it will have a use.

I hope you and yours are doing ok.

Greg

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