‘Who was Jack Smith?’ is a question you might still be asking yourself on the way out of this Jonas Mekas and Johan Kugelberg curated retrospective, Wait for me at the Bottom of the Pool, comprised of artwork, photography and other assorted stuff that once belonged to the visionary film-maker.
Clearly not a man to slip quietly into a successful groove, Smith added to his underground movie work with photography, graphic design and drawing; being blessed with a knack of capturing off-beat exotica and frequent absurdity, his creations include bill-posters, fliers for his own films and somewhat unusual business cards to name but a few. The collection has been put together to mark the beginnings of a new book on Smith due to be out late next year. In it lies the essence of the man, extremely influential in the post-war years arts scene but shunning the Warhol-style entourage in favour of solitude and reflection. With Smith having passed away in 1989, the collection at splendid counterculture gallery Boo-Hooray, New York, offers unparalleled insight into the workings of a true creative force. From 15th February to 10th March.