Newport artist Jason E. Smith digs deep for inspiration. His Missing Links exhibit at Hera Gallery consists of paintings that references the belief systems of obscure Neolithic cultures that walked the earth thousands of years ago, from the Vinča of present-day Serbia to the Jōmon of Japan to whoever created the mysterious Nomoli figures of Sierra Leone. Abstract backgrounds are covered with stippled paint marker dots, layered on a clear film called Dura-lar. They’re strange and intriguing. Speaking of belief systems, I can’t decide if it’s clever or silly that these particular works are being exhibited alongside Jocelyn Foye’s trio of chandeliers made out of communion wafers.
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September 05 2018