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Welcome to Distorted Perspective, the web site and portfolio of interdisciplinary artist Colin Smith. The galleries, accessible by the Nav menu at left, are sorted by medium and project. Additional information can be found on all pages via the More panel at right.

New Releases

Distorted Perspective Vol. 3

A 96-page study of the book as a piece of object-art; deconstructing language and standard visual communication methods through both content and style.

A Self-Portrait (of Sorts)

Through a desire to make something else, or simply move on creatively, I returned to a familiar format. For the past few years, I’ve been working with the ideas of identity, language and duty. These three ideas are dealt with in as many parts within the 96 pages.

View more images and read the artist statement here or purchase for $35 at the store.

Four-Color Process

The audiobook companion for Volume 3—five songs written around and with the creation of the book. Ideal for listening while taking in the print edition.

Available at Bandcamp.

Year-End Blowout
Year-End Blowout
The Cruel Abandon of Time (I&II)

One of a handful of works created through 2018 as an experiment, this diptych is featured in the new gallery Year-End Blowout. Every year I create a substantial amount of work that is never finished, let alone published. These are the efforts from last year that have now managed both, even though none are strictly associated with a larger or direct effort.

The gallery can be viewed in full here.

Okonomiyaki I-IV

…I had arrived in Hiroshima around lunch-time but ironically the only place open in the train station was McDonalds. Though it didn’t take me long to find my hostel, by the time I was ready to explore it seemed as though the city had shut down. I walked for what seemed like miles without finding a place to eat.

Finally at an intersection, an open door with some recognizable cookware-related graphics say my journey has concluded. The place served only Okonomiyaki, which I was completely oblivious to. After ordering, a taller woman in her fifties spent the next 15 minutes chopping up what seemed like an endless amount of ingredients, continuing to compress them, layer upon layer, into this single plate-sized meal of a pancake.

This is the first release in a series based off the experience of watching that woman make Okonomiyaki; a repetitive layering, a combination of elements until something unexpected results. The compositions are all arranged loops, distorted soundscapes and broken headphones.

Gallery Updates

First Friday

Posters for all shows through April 2019 updated, including three for the release shows of Volume 3 and Four-Color Process.

Making A Mark

Three logo evolutions added for myself, First Exposures, and Jessica Clary. Gallery layout updated.


The gallery of international smartphone photography has been rotated with a variety of new images from the past year as well as some old favorites.


A collection of street photography from across Europe; updated with 2018 work in France, Croatia and The Netherlands.

Next Comes The Flood

Featuring a series of mostly-identical hand-painted rectangles of black gesso on sketch paper to examine their slight differences in their completed state.

About America

Walking around the block or flying across the nation, I have a camera on hand to document the streets as I see them. Updated with work through April 2019.

For Sale

Volume 3

96 pages measuring 7.75×10.75 inches; ships immediately. Orders receive free audiobook.

$33. Purchase and get the audiobook for free; books ship in numerical order

Out of Mind

A 148-page examination of the individual within the group; an edition of 100 books, each re-worked by hand.

$30; Books ship numerically random

Four-Color Process

Audiobook companion to Volume 3. Five tracks in under 25 minutes made to listen to while reading.

$4 via Bandcamp

Okonomiyaki I-IV

Initial compilation of six pieces; sound art that presents adjacent loop-based compositions.

$4 via Bandcamp


Painting in Amsterdam, 2018

Hi. I’m Colin.

I am currently working and studying on the road. You can follow such exploits @aglowinthestatic or on the blog; otherwise, feel free to browse the galleries & thank you for visiting.

Artist Statement

I create works of assembly. By utilizing a variety of disparate components in any given medium and constructing a cohesive whole, I look to mimic the disorder and confusion our conflicted, human lives end up creating naturally through our linear experience with time. My focus is not to communicate through any single process but rather create works that, while varied in medium, remain consistent in aesthetic mood; a multi-sensory language that transcends medium.

Site Information

Distorted Perspective was registered on 5 January 1999. While it has served a variety of looks and purposes over its 20-year history, I consider it the digital extension of a real-world exploration of art.

(as is with that analogue world, communication methods are often inconsistent—thus on this site the various texts may be grammatically or structurally incorrect in terms of punctuation or capitalization. this is an intentional choice based in media&linguistic studies to have some words and sentences be more representative than literal, more personal than professional)

This site is primarily hand-coded and custom built—the current iteration utilizes the Skeleton and Pikabu responsive frameworks for a foundation of a custom WordPress theme for publishing & management.


Distorted Perspective is typeset in Neue Haas Grotesk by Christian Swartz and Poynter Oldstyle Display by Font Bureau.

All original content © to Colin Smith, 1999-2019. Please do not republish without linking back. Thank you for your time.