We teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company and there Lincoln Now initiative to introduce a series of artist profiles in an attempt to explore their mission to reimagine creativity. In the first installment of this video series, we sit down with Chris Smith, a conceptual video and projection artist from New York. While Smith utilizes the traditional medium of painting as the basis of his artistic exploration, he deconstructs and rebuilds the process of creating a work on canvas by employing techniques that move beyond the physical work and the gallery space that typically exhibits it. Taking his cues from the distinctive “energies” he detects in each of New York City’s urban neighborhoods, Smith emphasizes that the true artistry in painting lies in its actual production, rather than its finished product. Believing that “paintings don’t really exist, they exist in the moment…as part of the process,” Smith films every step of his creation to highlight the more performative aspect of the medium. In the hopes of translating painting’s hidden dynamism, Smith projects the “film-paintings” onto several public and external surfaces throughout New York City. This stitching of disparate mediums and environments becomes a mode for Smith to see painting, a medium that remains unchanged upon completion, “in the future,” as “each frame becomes its own mark in history.” While Smith’s work calls for a renewed understanding of the act of painting, it also serves to question the function of “white cube” establishments that separate viewers from the decisive minds and hands behind a work of art.