Shawn Smith-Artist (pixel art)
Artist statement:My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology. When we see images of nature on TV or on a computer screen, we feel that we are seeing nature but we are really only seeing patterns of pixelated light. For the past few years, I have been creating a series of "Re-things." These whimsical sculptures represent pixilated animals and objects of nature.
"Parasitized Shark" (2007) Plywood, Ink, Acrylic Paint 25 x 53 x 11 1/2 inches
"Vulture" (2007) Plywood, ink, and acrylic paint 44 x 33 x 27 inches
"Gemsbok" (2006) Plywood, Ink 44 x 25 x 23 inches
"Arctic Game" (2006) MDF, Paint 108 x 108 x 12 inches
"Re-kindling" (2008) Plywood, ink, spray paint, and acrylic paint 4 foot diameter x 6 feet
Vicious Venue (2009) mixed media dimensions variable Vicious Venue is a sculptural installation consisting of a group of life-size pixelated vultures devouring an analog office full of obsolete technologies (like a typewriter, Rolodex, and a rotary phone). Installed in the Project Room at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX.
"Vicious Venue" (2009)