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Spring / Summer 2019

Post-Local / Dispatches

Last year I attempted to run the Post-Local while on the road in Europe and it simply didn’t work out. Now that I know what I’m getting in to, as I return abroad the idea hopefully will come to fruition here, on the blog.

—beginning mid-April, I will be working my way through various foreign lands. Being on the road will force me to make art in new ways while considering the different ways it can remain individually relevant while perpetually in motion. this site will continue to serve as a ‘digital extension’ of the world as I find & interact with it; there is much to come in the weeks & months ahead, thank you for your time.

Distorted Perspective Volume 3
Shipping Soon

My latest book, Distorted Perspective Volume 3, is set to ship in early April. More information and preview spreads can be found here.

A copy can be reserved below for $35 (shipping included in cost). Pre-orders will also receive a free copy of the companion audiobook, Four-Color Process.

Watch “daytime tv”

a new audio-visual piece, composed and recorded during the early months of 2019. the work is a bridge between recent musical productions “Home” and Four-Color Process.

the video can be streamed on Vimeo; download the single free at Bandcamp

Preview Four-Color Process

The audiobook companion to Volume 3 is a five-song EP, a translation of the visual to the musical. recording began during the editing phase of the book, using elements of the visuals to inform the music—and sometimes, vice-versa.

Listen to “Okonomiyaki I (Soundtrack To A Falling Empire)” here.

Featured Project

Prague — Czech Republic


Never do I feel as at home as when I am barreling through days walking foreign streets. Sometimes in my travel I dedicated entire galleries to single countries. this potfolio is of a broader scope, compiling images from across Europe. the images are all film, predominantly black and white. the companion gallery—Snapshots—features digital, color images from around the world.

Transcontinental can be viewed here

Recent Work

i have been a part of a monthly artist-driven local showcase in Portland for over two years now, each month designing a poster or two for day-of promotional purposes.

This gallery has been updated as of April 2019; see the current features here

Released in April 2019, this 96-page book is the second before touching down; an array of immediate renderings of long-considered ideas about individuality in this world. both a piece of art and a piece of criticism, this work is at attempt to interpret the laws of design as much as the laws of humankind. Read more here.

closeness is an evolving concept in the age of the internet, where tangible space is compromised and our notion of proximity becomes a scale based on the immediacy of appreciation for a social media post instead of how many miles may separate two people

the Valence series continues with these three pieces; read about the full project here.

inspired by an old interview with Gerhard Richter, this exercise was an examintion in minor differences and analyzing the approach to producing a product as close to identical as possible. 12 almost-the-same, painted black rectangles on paper as a series. The results can be seen here.

this series is about how each person creates a different impression on one another during whatever time they spend together and under whatever circumstances may arise; that our total selves are a construction of many points of interaction, yet each singular path has its own radical definition and consequence to the whole

see its initial release here

For Sale

A 160-page book printed as an edition of 100, where each copy has been individually manipulated to create minor differences between each piece within the whole; more information can be found here

in an examination of the individual against the group, each book is different but the same. more info here.

A book featuring work from various photography-based projects between 2015-2017 combined with edited personal writings from that time; read more

Full-length album about relating to the reality we are presented with.

Available at Bandcamp

Distorted Perspective is a web site by Colin Smith. Use the left menu to navigate through the various galleries at any time. Use this menu on any given page for more information on selected projects and processes.

General Information


Working in Amsterdam, 2018

Colin Smith is a wandering multidisciplinary artist & designer. Originally hailing from Fairbanks, Alaska, he has lived across eight states in ten American cities, including an undergraduate degree in graphic design at SCAD and postgraduate studies in photojournalism at Boston University. Recently he has been working and studying in Amsterdam, Zagreb, Paris and the south of France.

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 craft a language that translates across multiple mediums; a message that resonates by any means of interaction.

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, it has consistently been the digital extention of a real-world existence.

(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.