Questions of Practice: Artist Bob and Roberta Smith on Virtuosity
Bob and Roberta Smith
22 Jun 2015
Artist Bob and Roberta Smith creates work in what he calls the “communicative realm,” from hand-painted slogans to social media campaigns. When asked if he considers this work virtuosic, he explained that he thinks of his campaigns as pieces of music, combining interrelated parts into a broader scheme.
Bob and Roberta Smith, also known as Patrick Brill, is a British contemporary artist working in text, persona, and public space. He is a trustee for the National Campaign for the Arts, and an Associate Professor at London Metropolitan University. Smith’s work is part of the Center-fundedFraming Frakturat the Free Library of Philadelphia, which exhibits contemporary text-based art alongside historical Pennsylvania German fraktur.
Ars Nova Workshop presents a new commission created and performed by Nels Cline, lead guitarist for the band Wilco.An expansion of Cline’s 2016 recording Lovers (Blue Note Records), the new commission is inspired by research trips that led Cline on an inspiring journey through significant Philadelphia moments, artifacts, and sites.