Stay At Home Orders, Los Angeles, 2021
a couple things
-born in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1982. lived in many towns & cities since, in the USA & overseas. currently in Los Angeles, which is more enjoyable than people say.
-educated in communications (graphic design, scad & photojournalism, bu), self-taught in the fine arts. more influenced by punk rock than the art world, but will still listen to pop radio in my car & stare at a rothko all day long.
E-Mail: hello at colinsmith dot art
Online: Distorted Perspective, Kill The Precedent
on Art & Work
The Online Bio is always a strange page. I’m never too sure about writing out an Artist Statement, as to me making art is the act of expressing an opinion, and if you can’t write up a thesis that justifies why you believe in something then you should probably get into politics instead.
That being said, I’m still a sucker for theory. As all Artist Statements about purpose or meaning in craft are temporary as the works which are produced, it seems implausible, especially now, to say my art is about any one thing or another. The consistencies of my practice are based in concepts like The Spectacle (Debord) and The Medium & Message (McLuhan). I work with a variety of formats, but I always attempt to use a medium in ways that feel true to its nature.
My work has traditionally been reactionary and documentarian as I used my lived experience as source material—fodder for experimentation in self-expression—and my mantra for living was generally Just go with the universe. These days I find myself more prone to creating a path myself, and the results are shifting away from narrative and more toward a focus on intentionality, beauty and resonance.
This site is meant to be some kind of touchpoint for all of it, an ongoing work-in-progress that is, in and of itself, a part of the portfolio it is designed to showcase. Thank you for visiting.