Justine Smith

Born in 1971 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Cleverly combining motifs from East and West is London-based artist Justine Smith.

Sourcing currencies from Afghanistan, China, Europe, Libya, Iran and Pakistan amongst others she meticulously hand-cuts the notes, dissecting disparate elements to form the spiritual symbol of the Mandala. Used as a devotional tool characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, Justine Smith subverts this emblem by positioning money and power as the new religion, both a dream and a delusion.

Incorporating images of guns, bullets, military weapons and political figures Justine Smith creates a dialogue on the concepts of power and our relationship with money and its value systems. These works also allude to the often violent and turbulent effects of countries at war and the potentially devastating impact of corruption. Smith exploits the physical beauty of these banknotes and incorporates gold leaf to create a highly seductive work that can superficially entice the viewer but poses a moral dilemma.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Mythologica. 15 Bateman Street, London (Upcoming)
Currency and Cartography. 10 years of Making Maps, The Map House, London

2011
Rise and Fall: Illusions and Delusions, Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, USA

2010
Rise and Fall: Illusions and Delusions, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, USA
A Bigger Bang, Chelsea Arts Club, London

2007
Empires of the Sum, The Air Gallery, London

2005
Purchasing Power, Ryder Street Gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
The Forest of Possibilities, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby and then touring

2014
Show me the Money – The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present. Northern Gallery for ContemporaryArt, Sunderland then touring.. Divided then Reunified A38 Gallery Budapest

2013
Edition No 1, Edge of Arabia, London Wonderworks, Cat St Gallery, Hong Kong
Thirty Pieces of Silver, Money and Art, Sammlung Haupt Collection, Berlin, Money, Money, Money, Kunstforum, Halle, Germany Responsibility, Voegele Kultur Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland Love Me Tender, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA Currency X-change, Hunt Gallery of Webster University, St Louis, USA Bubbles and Bankruptcy – A History of Financial Crises in Britain, The British Museum.

2012?
The First Cut, Manchester Art Gallery (touring to Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham and Seacity Museum, Southampton),
The Art of Money, Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures, New Zealand?

2011?
The Art of Mapping, Tag Fine Art, The Air Gallery, London
Art, Money and Dangerous Liaisons, Monnaie de Paris, France
Buds, Blooms and Berries: Plants in Science, Art and Culture, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, USA? ?

2009?
Cut & Fold - The Art of Paper, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester?
Cash Flow, White Trash Contemporary, Hamburg?

2008?
Kounter Kulture, Truman Brewery, London
It’s The Money, Stupid, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Coriander Studio Prints, Jill George Gallery, London

2007?
Wunderkammer, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2006
?Artists of Mass Distraction, Opus gallery, Newcastle,
Master Printmakers, Royal Automobile Club, London?

2000?
Transformations, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford?

1999?
Reclaimed (British Council exhibition, touring internationally until 2003), Townhouse Gallery, Cairo?
Holy Cow, Clapham Art Gallery, London
Humans Being, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham?

RESIDENCIES

2009
South Florida Arts Center

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
Manchester City Gallery, Manchester, UK
Liberty of London, UK
The Conran Shop, UK
De La Rue Currency International? The Portland Collection? Crosby Street Hotel, New York, USA?
Paul Smith?, UK

COLLECTIONS

The British Government Art Collection?
The British Council?
The British Library?
The British Museum
Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures
Banque Internationale A Luxembourg ?
Epson?
Freud Communications?
Lord Rothschild
George Soros? ?
Sir Peter Blake?
The Haupt Collection
The Pigozzi Collection
Galilas Collection
The Jameel Collection
The Kamaal - Lazaar Collection

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