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Zak Smith (born July 16, 1976) Artist Anarchist

Zak Smith

Zak Smith (born July 16, 1976), also known as Zak Sabbath, is an American artist and adult film performer.

Early life and education

Smith was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in Washington, D.C. After receiving a BFA from Cooper Union in 1998, he studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine and went on to receive an MFA from Yale University in 2001.
Smith's father is Jewish.

Career

Art

Smith's body of work primarily comprises portraits, drawings, and abstract art executed in acrylic and ink. An enduring interest in comic books informs the artist's dynamic and obsessively detailed depictions of the people, objects, and stories that inhabit his world. Allied with punk and hardcore culture and the DIY aesthetic associated with these movements, Smith draws on traditions of decorative art to produce visually complex, labor-intensive pictures characterized by intricate patterns and vivid coloration. These include repeated shapes (such as squares and lines) that are compressed to form 3D hints that form the picture. Zak also contrasts colours in his work, often using black and white with clear differentation within the scene.
Smith is best known for his portraits of female subjects – with an emphasis on eroticism as well as the mundane aspects of his subjects' lives – and his page-by-page illustrations for Gravity's Rainbow. The latter were featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art and are now in the collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Recently, Smith has begun donating sizeable portions of the profits from the sale of his work to activist causes such as Food Not Bombs and the West Memphis 3.
Other public collections containing Smith's work include the Museum of Modern Art] and the Progressive Corporation. Zak Smith is represented by Fredericks & Freiser Gallery in New York City.

Books

Smith has published several books. The book Zak Smith: Pictures of Girls (Distributed Art Publishers, 2005) includes selected plates from the series' Girls in the Naked Girl Business, 100 Girls and 100 Octopuses, and One Picture for Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, in addition to stand-alone pieces from the period 2000–2005. In 2006, Tin House Books released a book of the entire set of Gravity's Rainbow images alone, with an introduction by author Steve Erickson. We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings (Tin House Books, 2009)--Smith's first work to include writing—focuses on Smith's experiences working in adult film. The non-fiction text is accompanied by over 100 paintings and drawings created during the same time. Most recently, he is the author of Vornheim: The Complete City Kit, a guide to running games set in cities for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons which was published to critical acclaim—including a 2012 Indiecade independent game design award in—somewhat surprisingly for a book—the Technology category, due to its unusual design. He has since followed this with additional Dungeons and Dragons works, including A Red and Pleasant Land, winner in 2015 of two gold and two silver ENnies, and Maze of the Blue Medusa, winner in 2016 of one gold and two silver ENnies.

Pornography

In February 2006, Smith made his pornographic debut, under the pseudonym Zak Sabbath, in the VCA Pictures film Barbed Wire Kiss, by director Benny Profane (whose name is itself taken from the Pynchon novel V.). In the porn blog Fleshbot, Smith mentions working on a project to help fund a film student's NYU thesis project entitled Freaky Kids I & II in 1996, but declares, "Here's where I'm making the BIG money" (although most of the money he makes in porn is actually donated to activist group Food Not Bombs). He followed this up with an appearance opposite Pixie Pearl in Eon McKai's debut film for Vivid Entertainment, Girls Lie, Bullets And Burlesque from Bad Seed Productions, with Sasha Grey, Marie Luv, and Satine Phoenix, and Vivid's Hospital, with Coco Velvet and Mandy Morbid.

Other works

Since March 2010, Zak Sabbath has directed I Hit It With My Axe, a weekly video series featured at The Escapist website. Starring himself, Kimberly Kane, Mandy Morbid, Satine Phoenix (all adult film performers) and 'Connie' and 'Frankie', a stripper and hair dresser respectively. Sasha Grey, Justine Joli and Gia Jordan have also featured. The show centers around the group's weekly Dungeons & Dragons game in which Sabbath is the Dungeon Master and the others are adventurers within a campaign.

Personal life

Smith lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York until October 2007, when he moved to Los Angeles. He has previously dated Varrick Robinson and is in a long-term relationship with adult industry performer Mandy Morbid. Smith is an anarchist.

Bibliography

  • Zak Smith: Pictures of Girls (New York, NY: Distributed Art Publishers, 2005) ISBN 978-1-933045-22-1
  • Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow (Graphic Representation of a Novel/Illustration). (Portland, Or: Tin House Books, 2006). ISBN 0-9773127-9-8
  • We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings. (Portland, Or: Tin House Books, 2009). ISBN 978-0-9802436-8-0





ZAK SMITH
Untitled (Grid), 2011
Acrylic on paper
42 x 29.5 inches









ZAK SMITH
Audition Reel, 2011
Acrylic on paper
34 x 42 inches
86.4 x 106.7 cm

 ZAK SMITH


4 Women, 2011
Ink on paper
9 x 12 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Mandy and Viv Having Sex, with Bits
Blown Up, 2011
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 40 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Lorraine,
2011
Acrylic on paper
42 x 29.5 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Lystra in Her Car, 2011
Ink on paper
8 x 11.5 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Jumbo's Clown Room, 2011
Ink on paper
8 x 11 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Baby Monkey Riding Backwards on a Pig,
2011
Ink on paper
11 x 8.5 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Gia
Jordan, 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30 inches




ZAK SMITH
Samuel Beckett, 2012
Ink on paper
11 x 8.5 inches



ZAK SMITH
Izzy and Mandy in Their Wheelchairs,
2012
Ink on paper
30 x 40 inches


ZAK SMITH
Tired in Nine Different States, 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 40 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Dawn Deployed Across the Plain, 2012
Acrylic and Ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

 ZAK SMITH


Sketchbook Page, 2012
Ink on paper
8.5 x 11 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Mapped House, 2012
Ink on paper
11 x 8.5 inches


ZAK SMITH
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Andy San
Dimas, 2012
acrylic and ink on paper
41 x 31 inches

 ZAK SMITH
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Charlotte
Stokely, 2012
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 40 inches

 ZAK SMITH
Putting Lewis Carroll Down Here Gets
Him Out of My Head, 2013
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30 inches

 ZAK SMITH


Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Ulorin
Vex, 2013
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30 inches

ZAK SMITH
Girls in the Naked Girl Business: Brandy
Aniston with Pizza, 2013
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30 inches


 ZAK SMITH


Mandy and Skin Diamond with Some
Chinese Food, 2013
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 40 inches

 ZAK SMITH


The Painting That Andy Freiser Doesn't
Like, 2013
Ink on paper
32 x 27 inches


 






ZAK SMITH
The Toad Organization, 2014
Acrylic and ink on paper
30.5 x 40 inches


  



ZAK SMITH
I Want More Life, Fucker, 2014
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30.5 inches

 ZAK SMITH


They'll Fix You, They Fix Everything, 2014
Acrylic and ink on paper
40 x 30 inches
 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Temper is a painting by Zak Smith which was uploaded on July 22nd, 2015.

I Want A Holiday In The Sun Detail is a painting by Zak Smith which was uploaded on August 11th, 2015.

 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Lystra is a painting by Zak Smith which was uploaded on August 11th, 2015.

Sketchbook Page is a painting by Zak Smith which was uploaded on September 1st, 2015.

 Varrick In A Shirt I Made That Has A Monkey

 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Nadia Nitro

Girl Painting - One Hundred Girls And One Hundred Octopusses Detail by Zak Smith

Girl Painting - One Hundred Girls And One Hundred Octopusses Detail by Zak Smith

Mandy And Stokely With Removable Nails

 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Mandy

 Zak Smith Painting - Breakfast Cult-vomit-laney by Zak Smith

 Zak Smith Painting - Girls In The Naked Girl Business Aprella by Zak Smith

 Zak Smith Painting - V In The Kitchen by Zak Smith

 Red Rook is a painting by Zak Smith

 Zak Smith Painting - Full-spectrum Dominance In All Theaters by Zak Smith

 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Sasha Grey by Zak Smith

 The Information is a drawing by Zak Smith 

 Untitled is a painting by Zak Smith

 Untitled by Zak Smith

 Mandy Morbid And Lystra Making A Tentacle Porn Movie is a painting by Zak Smith

 Girls In The Naked Girl Business Pixie is a painting by Zak Smith

 Go Nowhere And Sleep is a painting by Zak Smith

 Painting Of A Guy In A Suit Bushwick is a painting by Zak Smith 

 Painting Of A Girl With Sex Machine On Mars Glued To A Collage is a painting by Zak Smith

 Mandy Morbid And Lystra Making A Tentacle Porn Movie by Zak Smith

 Eat Me is a painting by Zak Smith

 There Is The Labyrinth And There Isn't Anything Else -detail is a painting by Zak Smith

David Foster Wallace Is Dead And Sarah Palin Is Alived is a drawing by Zak Smith
 Things I Drew And Pinned To The Wall is a painting by Zak Smith
 Bad Wizard is a drawing by Zak Smith 
 Joanna Angel Dana Dearmond Etc is a drawing by Zak Smith
 Circle Takes The Square is a painting by Zak Smith 
 Good Night Alice Good Night Mr Marlowe is a painting by Zak Smith
 I Want A Holiday In The Sun Detail by Zak Smith
 Marxist Vampire Movie is a painting by Zak Smith


Zak Smith breaks down the 'Serious Art' Market - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR_YOEAU-Dg
16 feb 2011 - Caricato da lavideostudio
RAID Projects, Durden and Ray and the Torrance Art Museum teamed up to create a fascinating forum, "TEXT ...
12 nov 2010 - Caricato da Tavis Allison
This video was created by Zak Smith, http://www.zaxart.com/ , to be shown at the Dungeons & Dragons in ...
01 ago 2008
Studio Visit: Zak Smith Zak Smith's paintings and drawings combine comic book realism, a Punk graphic ...


Interview with Zak Smith - YouTube

 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKOCKwPSf0w
24 feb 2015 - Caricato da Emily Snow
My interview with adult actor Zak Smith. http://zaxart.com/ ... Zak Smith presentation for "Dungeons & Dragons ..




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