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Splash page featuring splash art, new material & quick links to recently updated galleries.

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Sometimes frequently updated, sometimes abandoned, but usually the most attended-to part of the site.

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Information of all kinds, exhibition listing and some self-indulgent art theory writings.

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Publications

Gap Year Book Club (2021)

For the year 2021, I am publishing a book each month; this page will keep an overview of the project and its concept.

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Reprise, Reprise! (2021)

Coming soon.

Have Fun Doing Nothing (2021)

A 36-page reflection on the stress felt during the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, plus my first short fiction in years.

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The Devil You Know (2021)

The first release from the Gap Year Book Club is a self-portrait of life until a moment it feels past.

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Issue One (2020)

A new iteration of the Distorted Perspective masthead returns as a zine—this project evolved into the Gap Year Book Club, yet the single issue remains.

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Volume Three (2019)

Every so often I release a summary of work under the Distorted Perspective masthead as an art book; this, the third, constitutes 2012-2019.

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False Positive (2016)

An experiment of mixing projects—You Were Looking Away and the Dissonance Polaroids—and a reduced set of poems for content.

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Out of Mind (2015)

A meditation on the individual and the mind that comes with being one, this was as much a project about the format of the book as it was the content.

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The New Fiend (2012-2014)

A digital magazine made to antagonize magazine culture at the time co-published with photographer Brenton Salo.

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Visual Art

A Glow In The Static (2020)

Digital collage poster series born at the outset of the pandemic, taking in an endless stream of non-information about subjects the media didn’t know about.

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Fake Flowers Last Forever (2020-2021)

A giant emotional mess of a project that basically has become a variety of ways to aesthetically destroy scenes of flower fields.

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Next Comes The Flood (2018-2019)

A 12-page single-edition book of hand-painted black rectangles in an examination of the subtle differences in darkness.

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Valence (2017-2018)

Large-scale assemblies exploring the fundamental ideas of the invisible energy that bonds us all.

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First Friday (2016-2019)

A gallery of posters advertising DIY art shows at warehouse spaces in Portland; often designed the day before the show, and posted the morning of.

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Echoes (2015-2019)

A collection of works that look to past ideas & ‘art school theory’ as inertia for experimenting with familiar mediums in new ways.

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part ii (2018)

A series of sketchbooks drawn over the course of six months, intensely concentrating on the various factors in my life that had seemed to change my relationship with art.

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Crossing Paths (2018)

Connect-the-dots based self-portraiture based in the identity crisis of being online and associated by correlations.

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Nothing Here Can Kill You (2016)

The idea of art as a threat, or what pictures on paper are dangerous versus which ones aren’t, can be a real head trip.

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Standing Still In A Storm (2017)

Over the years, I’ve found my personal place of zen rests in obsessively making parallel lines—this is a gallery of attempts to create a public-facing project from the personal experiences.

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Kill The Precedent (2017-2021)

Part of a larger project, this is a gallery of unapologetic sociopolitical propaganda.

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Photography

80 (2012-2019)

Film-based street photos from locations outside of the United States. This gallery rotates images from a growing collection bi-annually. Last updated in early 2021.

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About America (2012-2019)

Film-based street photos from around the USA. Made in both settings of travel and everyday life, this is a rotating gallery of images. Updated February 2021.

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A Heart Floats In The Bay (2009-2013)

Digital stills from daily life while living in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

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Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault (2007-2015)

A rotating selection of digital stills made from photographing punk shows around the United States for the better part of a decade. Updated February 2021.

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… You Were Looking Away (2015-2017)

As technology increasingly controls photography, this analogue series uses what digital defines as a ‘weakness’ to create the shifting aesthetic of the photos.

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The Dissonance Polaroids (2015-2017)

An instant film-based series using the potential saturation of the format to create abstract color fields in each exposure.

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Laundromat Zen (2009-2012)

A personal photo series exploring the strange, lonely spaces of empty public laundromats in San Francisco.

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Snapshots (2012-2021)

A rotating selection of daily images captured by a smartphone that range in content and location. Updated February 2021.

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Audio & Video

asterisk

A sound-art project / ‘band’ born from impromptu live performances over a series of First Friday events. Full discography is available on Bandcamp.

Video

Coming soon.

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Briefly

Colin Smith is an interdisciplinary artist & art director living & working in Los Angeles. His assembly-based work focuses on human nature and its relationship to media, language, time, and systems of control.

For more information, social links, as well as various writings on practice & theory, visit the about page.

To quickly get in touch, e-mail hello@.

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This website is a hand-coded assembly built from the Skeleton framework and WordPress CMS; typeset in Plantin and Aktiv Grotesk by way of Adobe Fonts; hosted by Opalstack.

The primary navigation features a curated selection of work, while a mostly-complete archive dating back to 2015 is navigable by way of the Site Index.

All original content © to Colin Smith; please link back to this site or an associated media account when featuring work. Thank you for visiting.