Richard Smith

In the seventies and eighties, Smith's exploration of alternatives to the traditional two-dimensional canvas led to stretcherless kite paintings and irregularly-shaped canvases attatched to collapsible metal rods. In 1982 Smith collaborated with choreographer Richard Alston on the ballet, Wildlife, His sets were oversized kites of light fabric, existing in three-dimensional space and appearing to move across the stage with the music and dancers. The etchings Smith made at Crown Point were inspired by sets for the ballet.