New to Sager Braudis Gallery and a vital presence in contemporary painting, Seth Smith brings us “paintings of places” which manage to transcend the simple experience of viewing and tap into the other senses, hitting small but universal notes of memory: the warmth of a dry, sunny day on the skin; the low resonance of air conditioners and pool pumps; the salt-scent of sea mist; the glow of people awake at night. Smith has a way of saying as much through the absence of people as through their presence in a setting. His places are marked by human desire and complacency, of Americans executing the motions of leisure, though a bit aimless in their ownership of ample time and space.