If you invite someone to dinner, why, then would you not speak to them at the table?
i.e - Smith treats his larger body of work as a single, ongoing work of art, in which each series of paintings is related to the next. He works with sets of generic subject categories - both abstract and figurative - and uniform canvas sizes. These restrictions on content and format offer him a standardized framework for an unlimited number of possible compositions while simultaneously freeing him from having to make certain decision each time he produces a painting.
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