Roy Smith, Made Fabulous, 2018. Lead, glass, aluminum, watch, button, bead, coin, wood, earring, glue. 9” x 5.5” x 2”. Image courtesy of The Range.
DENVER – Peralta Projects is pleased to present Ramblin’ Roy, an exhibition of the artwork of Roy Smith and a celebration of his new monograph Last Train for Freedom Leavin’ Town, opening December 7 at 6 p.m. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Saguache, Colorado’s The Range and is curated by artist Adrienne Garbini. Ramblin’ Roy will run through the month of December.
Roy Smith is a long time cowboy, blues musician, miner, civil rights activist, film actor, public speaker, antiques dealer, and hobo. He has traveled the world sharing his stories and art. His home Royville is a continuously evolving art environment populated by hundreds of artworks and structures, located in the San Luis Valley. He has a deep affection for wood, plastic, and metal. He works with the transformations of sun, water, and fire on a profusion of objects, often held together by glue. Smith’s sculpture is ecstatic collage fusing the material of experience into expansive portraits of history.
Roy Smith’s Last Train for Freedom Leavin’ Town is published by What Nothing Press. The book features photographs of Royville, selected sculptures from his summer 2018 exhibition at The Range, and objects from his archive. It features a short text by Smith and a poem by the artist Gaby Wolodarski. It will be released at the opening of Ramblin’ Roy with a signing by Smith. Last Train for Freedom Leavin’ Town is available for purchase at www.whatnothingpress.com.
The Range is an artist space hosting exhibitions, events, and visiting artists, located at 307 4th Street in Saguache, Colorado. Adrienne Garbini runs The Range with Alex DeCarli. More information is available at www.therangeontheinternet.com.
Peralta Projects is a Denver-based contemporary garage art gallery located at 747 Elati Street in Denver’s La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood. ■