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Featuring new works, gallery updates, and direct links to archived projects.


Sometimes a journal, sometimes a sketchbook, sometimes improperly punctuated rants about the government.


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Gap Year Book Club (2021-2022)

A year-long project (Jan. 2021-Jan. 2022) of publishing a collection of books as a reaction to everything that happened in my life between 2018 & 2022.

Sunsets (2022)

An autobiography of sorts—recounting blurred memories of dark subjects between 2015 & 2021 that ended up with me surviving through psych centers and psych facilities.


A work about time, context, and the shifting nature of a digital society on a changing internet.

Mayday (2021)

A book created within the 24 hours of May 1, concentrating on emergencies and the growing industry of coping mechanisms.

Negative Space (2021)

A handmade single edition piece about living with perpetual motion, loss and instability.

Unbound & Untethered (Keep It Together) (2021)

Literally a book with no binding, comprised of loose pages and signatures cut from random paintings, sketchbooks and recent illustrations.

Reprise, Reprise! (2021)

A work about transitions in a time without time—what is change when these multiples exist simultaneously?

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.

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.

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.

False Positive (2016)

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

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.

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.

The New Fiend (2012-2014)

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

Visual Art

Standing Still In A Storm (2015-2022)

Over the years, I’ve found my personal place of zen rests in obsessively making parallel lines—for 2022, it’s become a more focused series on the random consistency of chaos & balance.

Reconciliations (2021)

These few paintings, made for others, were my only successful attempts at connecting to anything artistically during a year of falling apart.

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.

Valence (2017-2018)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kill The Precedent (2017-2021)

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

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.


80 (2012-2019)

Film-based street photos from locations outside of the United States. This gallery rotates images from a growing collection bi-annually. Updated Feb. 2022.

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 Feb. 2022.

Snapshots (2012-2021)

A rotating selection of daily images captured by a smartphone that range in content and location. Updated Feb. 2022.

No Heroes On My Radio (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 Feb. 2022.

Street Rip City (2012-2019)

A selection of photographs from an archive of film taken while living in Portland, Oregon for seven years. Updated Feb. 2022.

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.

… 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.

A Heart Floats In The Bay (2009-2013)

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

Laundromat Zen (2009-2012)

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

Audio & Video


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


Coming soon.

Colin Smith (b. 1982) works in a form of assembly within and across disciplines, both in digital and analogue formats. Following in the ideas of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the medium of his work is often dictated by its message—the diversity of projects that result are each an attempt to represent a particular thesis, a certain context.

Educated in graphic design and photojournalism, and self-taught in the visual arts, Smith has additionally worked as an art director, freelance designer or creative consultant for a variety of small businesses and independent clients around the world.

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