"Neal Ambrose Smith: The (Tense) Present"

Current Show: Feb 27-May 22 2021

If I have to listen to the news one more time

Featured Exhibition Work

If I have to listen to the news one more time

2019

Oil, acrylic and collage

36 X 36 inches

Inventory ID: #16474

"Sometimes I realize I’m being sucked into the news void. News is vernacular for “tabloid”. I remind myself how alternative facts are not facts. Likewise alternative truths are not truths. This certainly goes beyond my feelings about imperfection and perfect. I believe perfection has imperfection built in." NAS





    "Neal Ambrose Smith: The (Tense) Present"

    • Artists:
    • Neal Ambrose-Smith

    Current Show: Feb 27-May 22 2021

    Major Neal Ambrose Smith exhibition at 516 Arts in Albuquerque. open by appointment.

    The (Tense) Present, a solo exhibition by Neal Ambrose-Smith (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation) that combines a range of imagery and media to create a complex reflection on current events. He demonstrates his technical skills, mixing painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking, including monotypes that measure over 10 feet long........more at http://516arts.org/exhibitions/the-tense-present-new-works-by-neal-ambrose-smith

    Exhibition Works

    If I have to listen to the news one more time

    If I have to listen to the news one more time

    2019

    Oil, acrylic and collage

    36 X 36 inches

    Inventory ID: #16474

    "Sometimes I realize I’m being sucked into the news void. News is vernacular for “tabloid”. I remind myself how alternative facts are not facts. Likewise alternative truths are not truths. This certainly goes beyond my feelings about imperfection and perfect. I believe perfection has imperfection built in." NAS
    Painting is taxing

    Painting is taxing

    2019

    Oil, acrylic and collage

    36 X 24 inches

    Inventory ID: #16472

    "Iron Eyes Cody at the reflecting pond" NAS
    The Bright Side

    The Bright Side

    2019

    Oil, acrylic and collage

    36 X 24 inches

    Inventory ID: #16470

    "I’d like to believe the grass is greener at the neighbors, but I know once I get there its house of cards. They say your life flashes by in death, but I tend to review events leading to the current tragedy I’m in. Like when I smash my fingers in the car door." NAS
    Coyote whispers in Italian

    Coyote whispers in Italian

    2019

    Oil, acrylic and collage

    36 X 36 inches

    Inventory ID: #16475

    "Many of us have some idea of the sweet nothings we’d like to hear. Coyote is whispering some Indian Romance Sweet Nothings with Iron Eyes. Who knew Coyote was multi lingual?" NAS
    Do you ever get that feeling?

    Do you ever get that feeling?

    2019

    Oil, acrylic and collage

    36 X 36 inches

    Inventory ID: #16476

    "Where there is one there is two. That is my sinking feeling. We often romanticize other cultures, which is a healthy appreciation, but trying to become another culture is another thing entirely. Once at a dinner party I met this person who introduced themselves to me,“hello I’m wehjehk-al-et-hjkls-s.” I thought oh boy I don’t know what they just mumbled. Then they said that was their Indian name and proceeded to tell me their favorite pemmican recipe. I was really sinking in that conversation. I don’t even like pemmican. Sometimes it’s good to have some “what if?” statements to run through your mind during a crisis." NAS