Art in Jasmax: Mickey Smith

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Dawn McMath

Art in Jasmax is back! After a short hiatus, Jasmax is privileged to showcase the photographic works of Mickey Smith in our Auckland studio.

The exhibition consists of pieces from two bodies of work, Denudation and Volume. The Denudation series documents abandoned objects within libraries. As part of an event held to celebrate the works, Mickey mentioned that she'd had the privilege to photograph some iconic derelict libraries; including the first library on Wall Street. The works reference in-situ laboratory-style photography. The images evidentiary. The print, cold case.

In her ongoing series, Volume, the books are not touched, artificially lit, or manipulated, rather created by the librarian and found in the stacks, positioned by the last anonymous reader.

Mickey is an American, Auckland-based conceptual artist and photographer. Her practice has been engaged in a long standing inquiry into libraries, books and archives, and the social significance of their physical existence or disappearance.

The exhibition is on show from Monday 11 September to Friday 24 November. It's open to visitors during office hours (8.30 – 17.00) - for security and fire safety, all visitors must sign in at reception on arrival.

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