LIGHT + CHANGE
Phillip K. Smith III
Palm Springs Art Museum
November 25, 2022 - May 7, 2023
This survey of Phillip K. Smith III’s spectacular experiments with light and change spans almost two decades from 2004 to 2022.
Presented throughout four galleries, this selection of free-standing objects, wall-mounted works, and immersive installations demonstrates the breadth of the artist’s mastery of his medium. Phillip draws from elements of painting, sculpture, and architecture, and deploys a pared-down vocabulary of pure forms, reflective surfaces, and continually changing colors to create absorbing perceptual and atmospheric effects. Inspired by the daily light phenomena of the desert, many works slowly shift from hue to hue as determined by Phillip’s precisely paced color choreography.
All of his works have an elusive, ephemeral quality to them. As the light and the perspective of the viewer shift, so the form and perception of the works fluctuate--creating an ever-changing experience.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Coachella Valley, Phillip currently lives and works in Palm Desert, California.