The irrepressible and exceedingly talented Tony Smith needs no introduction to most. A very popular U professor, he retired and wrote the delightful tome “Eff You: (or however we wrote that when we reviewed it so glowingly) Finally a Book About Me.” (Copies still available — try Phillips Gallery.) He tells us: “I’ve got a great show all boxed up and ready to go. ‘The Big Tiny.’ A drawing that took me almost a year of solid work to finish. The show, at the Downtown Library in January 2016 kind of treats the drawing like a sacred papyrus. Which it kind of is to me, and answers the four main questions people always ask. . . .How did you do it? How much is it worth? What does it mean? and, Is it art?
With that done I have successfully torn all meaning out of my life, and am in the studio trying to figure out what I can come up with to get me through this goddamn winter…Oh I know.
Attachment is an early stage of The Big Tiny.”
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.