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Next Show · April 5 2019 at Zap Gallery

The upcoming shows at Zap Gallery and The Warehouse (April 2019) will be my final shows in Portland. Various promotions for past shows can be seen in the First Friday gallery.

  • April · “Spiral Fracture” at Zap Gallery
  • April · asterisk (performance) at Zap Gallery
  • January-April · First Friday* at The Warehouse
  • January · “Two Year Anniversary”* at The Side Door
    1. 2018
  • Monthly · First Friday* at The Warehouse
  • October · “You Against You Again” at The Side Door
  • April · “Part Two: Sketchbooks” at the Staircase Gallery
  • February · asterisk (performance)* at The Warehouse
  • February · “Time Is A Maze” at iDoc Gallery
    1. 2017
  • Monthly · First Friday* at The Warehouse
  • August · “Valence I-IV” at The Side Door
  • July-September · “Mass Static” at The Eisenhower Bagelhouse
  • June-July · “Echoes” at Gallery 642
  • February · asterisk (performance)* at The Side Door
    1. 2016
  • December · “Showcase”* at The Warehouse
  • November · “Standing Still In A Storm” at iDoc Gallery
  • August · “Knives In The Gun Fight” at The Side Door
  • August · “Art At The Circus”* at AFRU
  • July · “Learning How To Lie” at Tiny’s SE
  • February · “Flesh”* at Verum Ultimum
    1. 2015
  • October · “Nothing Here Can Kill You” at Tiny’s SE
    1. 2014
  • December · “Inside Out”* at Verum Ultimum
  • June · “Loss Prevention” at Tiny’s SE
    1. 2013
  • September · “Love Songs for the Tone Deaf” at Academy Theater
  • May · “Looking Forward, Giving Back”* at SF Camerawork
    1. 2012
  • October · “Encountering”* at 31 Rausch
  • July · “Occupy: Bay Area”* at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • May · “Looking Forward, Giving Back”* at SF Camerawork

* – Denotes group show
Shows prior to September 2013 in San Francisco; shows since in Portland

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.

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In France, 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.


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