Chandlerism #172, 2014


Pigmented ink on paper

26.00 x 17.38 in

66.0 x 44.1 cm

Edition of 20

This work is signed by the artist.

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    About The Work

    Since 1978, Alexis Smith has collected Raymond Chandler's colorful metaphors and used them to create “Chandlerisms,” a series of witty and bittersweet collages. Chandlerism #172 is the latest installment of Smith's celebrated works based on the hardboiled mystery writer's turns of phrase. Here, one of Tinsel Town's brightest stars is illuminated by the setting sun against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, her champagne glass tilted as if to offer a toast to the end of the day: “She handed me the glass. Bubbles rose in it like false hopes. To all the dumb dreams that never happen." Poignant in the irony of Marilyn Monroe's life, the work is based on photo of the star that Smith found in her neighbor's trash over 20 years ago. Like much of the artist’s work, this piece speaks with an insightful irreverence to the meaning of life and how it figures in normal day-to-day existence: the bigger unanswerable questions vs. the minutiae of being human.

    Courtesy of the Lapis Press.

    About Alexis Smith

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    • She handed me the glass. Bubbles rose in it like false hopes. "To all the dumb dreams that never happen."
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