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Chris Smith’s Road Work Ahead is an ongoing appropriated art series
that explores the tension between written and non-verbal communication, utility and fashion.

A graphic designer whose work includes fashion typography and design,
letterpress, collage, photography as well as traditional painting, Smith uses discarded road signs as his initial canvas. He then carefully overlays stylized outlines of fashion-forward female figures, often strategically stripping away the paint below to revea plywood patterns in the wood. The canvas may become skin or clothing… effectively merging and blurring the distinction between object andsubject.

Through his Road Work Ahead series, Smith explores communication,
interpretation and misinterpretation through a functional every day object – the road sign. A road sign may clearly spell out “Do Not Enter” or “Road Closed” yet is populated with women, brazenly, openly and often playfully disobeying the sign’s instructions. What was once clearly didactic is now meaningfully obscured. Through this series, Smith explores and shines a light upon what most men discover as adolescents: attempting to read ‘signs’ that women give is confounding at best. No means no. But, a glance over the shoulder? Come hither? Stay away? It’s unclear, yet clearly relatable to the male populace.

Road Work Ahead with its bright orange backgrounds and simple black and white contrasts is immensely enjoyable at first glance, and upon closer contemplation slyly considers the intersection of authority and free will.
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Roadwork Ahead closing party

Hey Folks,

It's time to take the construction signs down and open the road to the next show at HiFi bar,

Come by this Thursday and check out my show before it comes down.

2 for 1 drink specials till 8pm and then from 9-12 enjoy $4 pints of Victory Pilsner and $4 wild turkey drinks

David will be slinging the drinks, there's a pool table and buck hunter, a perfect way to end the day if you're

lucky to have a job. I'll be there from 7pm until… Continue

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 5:26pm

Roadwork Ahead! New work by subtexture

Happy New Year everyone!

Thanks to everyone for your support in the past year, 2009 is already off to a quick start!

I'm taking over Brooklyn this month, with my "Roadwork Ahead" series of paintings at 3 locations

Help me celebrate by joining me this Wed at the Mark Bar

They are extending their Economic Bailout Happy Hour until 9pm

(that means $3 for almost everything in the bar!!)

and be sure to stick around for XXXTreme Bingo at 10pm (yeah you heard… Continue

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 2:28pm

It's a Slotcar Fury Sat Oct 18th at East Coast Aliens

Hey Folks

Come on out to Greenpoint Sat night

should be a blast!


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Races start at 9pm and continue until there's no one left alive!

Put your driving skills and pride on the line and test your nerves

in head to head rubber on plastic racing action on 3 blazing… Continue

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 11:44am

streetshadows - Capturing the Light of Greenpoint"

Here's a slide show video of me installing my recent show at Gallery 3 in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

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At 4:21pm on January 10, 2009, Louise Gains said…
thanks for accepting the add, you get so many colours into your pieces, a really original art form.
all the best,
At 3:36pm on September 11, 2008, Tony Orrico said…
If you're looking for studio space, come check out or Artist's Den at

At 11:24am on May 12, 2008, VanillaRoyal said…
Nice to meet you
At 7:48am on May 11, 2008, Erik Von Ploennies said…
You have some great artwork.
At 6:44am on May 8, 2008, Not Rondo said…
excellent banner

original work

where do you find the road signs?
At 1:16am on May 8, 2008, Louis Caldarola said…
Great work man! Banner is fantastic.
At 12:35am on May 8, 2008, URBAN SOULE said…
your Art KICKS ASS!
At 10:57pm on May 7, 2008, allicette said…
Love your banner, sexy as heck!
At 3:40pm on May 7, 2008, Max Boyd Harrison said…

At 12:08am on January 10, 2008, Alexandra Woods said…
you are the man living under my bed...


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