Frith Street

Bridget Smith

04 Nov - 23 Dec 2005

4 November - 23 December 2005

Frith Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Bridget Smith. Using photography and film Smith creates images of both real and constructed spaces - locations where one can easily lose oneself.

Much of Smith's work deals with escaping from the everyday world and a series of images inspired by the outer reaches of the universe continues this theme. The film Cosmos creates a scene from outer space using particles of dust floating in a beam of light. Photographs showing two of the most easily found constellations in the night sky; Orion, The Great Hunter and Ursa Major, also known as The Great Bear or Big The Dipper are perhaps the most easily identifiable constellations in the night sky - Smith imagines them as an anchor - as a way to place oneself in the vast tracts of deep space. A new film Monitoring Space captures an individual's fascination with outer space. Shot at the Mills Observatory in Dundee it focuses on what it means to be obsessed with another reality and how that effects one's everyday life.

Deserts are also places, which are somehow apart from reality - they present an inhospitable and uninhabited environment. In Smith's photographs the extreme light of the desert is replaced by a milky unclear haze that heightens the deadening nature of the landscape. Traces of tracks remain revealing past excursions into the never-ending expanse.


Bridget Smith was born in 1966 and studied at Goldsmith's College, London. This is her third solo show at Frith Street Gallery. Other notable solo exhibitions include: Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2003) Centro de Arte de Salamanca (2002), British Council Windows Gallery, Prague (1999) and Fotogalleriet, Oslo (1999). She has also been included in numerous group shows including: Our Surroundings, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2005), Sodium Dreams, CCS Museum, Bard College, New York and Vertigo: The Future of the City at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow. She was awarded the first Tate Tokyo Residency in early 2000.

For further information please contact Dale McFarland on +44 20 7494 1550

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