Artists usually appreciate recognition from other artists, but it's especially nice when it comes from a member of an international powerhouse band with millions of fans.
This week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton shared a photo of Shinique Smith's installation at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, California, on the band's Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. Forgiving Strands hangs from the ceiling of the gallery's breezeway connecting Second and Third streets in the city's Arts District. Smith's work is part of Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016, an exhibition of three-dimensional work by thirty-four artists, curated by gallery partner Paul Schimmel and University of California, Santa Barbara, scholar Jenni Sorkin.
The 112,000-square-foot gallery opened in March and is attracting many visitors, including Clayton, who apparently was also happy that Radiohead had just released its new album A Moon Shaped Pool. “Shinique Smith at H & W & S … Great to have @radiohead back - Adam,” he posted. Perhaps he was listening to Radiohead's new songs while viewing Smith's chains of fabric bundles.
Smith also recently installed a new work titled Quickening as part of MOCA Jacksonville's Project Atrium, which is on display through June 26.
Smith's work has been widely exhibited at prestigious venues in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and many cities. With Clayton's help, her work has now been liked by about 13,000 people on Instagram, liked by 6,300 people and shared 155 times on Facebook, and liked by 476 people and retweeted 122 times on Twitter.