Monday, July 18, 2011

Shawn Smith

"Double Dahl" (2007) Plywood, ink, acrylic paint 22 x 53 x 16 inches

Shawn Smith has been around a while making these wonderful block sculptures that remind me of pixelated images. The pixels entering our space, freed from the computer referenced image and from the 2D prison, which allows this type of work to come into our 3D world. The best part of Smith's work is that he doesn't reference old hat computer game characters, but Smith's chooses animals that appear to be stuffed or outdoor references to camp fires. Smith take the unexpected with the pixel and then he does the unexpected with the type of images he choices. I feel completely off my game looking at Smith's work and that feeling of unbalance keeps me guessing and coming back to the works with more questions.

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