Josh Smith: Emo Jungle looks at the artist¬ís vigorous repetition of particular motifs, illuminating his approach to painting as an exploratory medium for image production. Published on the occasion of Smith¬ís critically acclaimed first exhibition at David Zwirner, this catalogue features a new body of work that marks an important evolution for the artist. In these paintings, Smith sets the stage for a new mode of self-reflective commentary on image making, acknowledging that ¬ìthe meaning perhaps arises in the making.¬î
A new essay by Bob Nickas treats the Reaper, Turtle, and Devil figures from Emo Jungle as ciphers through which to understand Smith¬ís work. Nickas demonstrates how these new paintings restage and personalize the artist¬ís more abstract earlier works and illuminates the ways in which repetition functions within Smith¬ís practice. With more than one hundred illustrations, this book serves as the ideal introduction to Smith¬ís disruptive oeuvre.