Mike Womack: Love Letters to Rocks

In the project room: Whitney Hubbs: Shutter Stutter

David B. Smith Gallery

May 18 - June 16, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 18th, from 6 - 8pm
  • Artist Talk begins 6:30pm; Free and open to the public
Mike Womack - Untitled, 2018 - wood and rock - 30 x 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm)

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to present, Love Letters to Rocks, the gallery’s first solo exhibition of new work by Mike Womack. This body of work includes both sculpture and painting in line with Womack’s interdisciplinary practice that combines conceptual rigor, abstraction, and, in this case, geological forms directly from nature.

Love Letters to Rocks employs reductive abstraction as a method to explore futility in representation in his paintings as well as a means to display the subject of devotion, rocks. According to Womack, true depiction is a problematic gesture and “the separation between an image and the essential truth of an object/being is more confused than ever given the primary platform of how images are consumed today–in a digital space.” By contrast, this exhibition brings object and image into physical space, displaying the rocks within their own wooden matrix from which to view the paintings created for them. Monochromatic palettes are chosen as a challenge to the concept of traditional ideas of depiction via painting. These ‘love letters’ also confront ideas relating to romance, and the dynamics of a one-sided relationship. What type of relationship can occur if the romance lacks reciprocity? And does this question look to a larger narrative on the current, and futile, state of interpersonal relationships in the digital age?

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202


About Mike Womack

Mike Womack’s works have been praised by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, and others. His work has been seen in galleries and museums including Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, the Evergreen Museum, Baltimore, and Arthouse, Austin. Womack lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

About Whitney Hubbs

Whitney Hubbs is an artist and educator. She has been making pictures for over twenty years. Hubbs has exhibited at venues such as The Getty Museum and M+B in Los Angeles, CA; The California Museum of Photography UC Riverside in Riverside, CA; Ballroom Marfa in Texas; Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco; and Higher Pictures and Situations Gallery in NYC. In 2016 her first book, Woman in Motion, was published by Hesse Press. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Alfred University and is represented by M+B Gallery in Los Angeles and Situations Gallery in NYC.