Foreign Projects

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“Interrupted Thoughts Regarding Peace (Amsterdam in Spring)”
Acrylic, oil, pencil, pigment marker. 150x75cm.

My first gig in Europe turned into something of an artist residency as my job was to, over the course of about two weeks, make a painting for a penthouse undergoing renovation here. Five days of acrylics and five days of oils and the result is probably my first large work without any found objects or mixed media base.

Posted to Work at 08:49 on 1 May 2018

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Scratching the Silver

Anti-Trump Women’s March · Destroyed film

Before I left for Europe, I moved studios. In that process I found a few old rolls of undeveloped film lying around, some damaged and some just fine. The damaged rolls are retaining a particular resonance for me as I am on the road.

Art—and specifically photography—has not been coming easy lately. Only now, overseas, can I feel a certain freedom to work, to really focus. Something more is at stake here than in America, and I realize that it’s a certain social and historical context. An appreciation of time, maybe.

American art and culture has been near completely consumed by popular entertainment and the psyche of commodification. The motivation to create a film not for cultural worth but rather the advertising value of ‘going viral’ is a distinctly modern trait. The abstract, but ultimately consumerist, inspiration for much of the creative output online is something more haunting than being disingenuous. There is a resonance of falsehood in everything American.

Destroyed film of approved protests during times of turmoil, I guess it’s all I’ve got for now.

Posted to Personal at 21:59 on 24 April 2018

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I’ve got ten days to do this.

Posted to Personal at 07:43 on 20 April 2018

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Tuesday Study

Continuing my process by doing weekly studies at Hipbone; this a three-hour single session.

For other new work, I’ve updated the Visual Art gallery with Time Is A Maze.

Posted to Work at 10:36 on 7 March 2018

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On The Cusp

Coffee & Austerity, 2018 · Click to Enlarge

Above is a preview of one of a few new works I’ll be showing at First Friday on March 2. Additionally, I’m looking forward to a solo show at The Side Door in April, where I’ll be debuting a new series “Fake News” as well as the follow-up to At Risk.

Then I think I’m moving to France.

Posted to Personal at 23:37 on 24 February 2018

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For the summer of 2018, I'm working my way through various European cities and towns while practicing more traditional methods of painting. Hopefully I'll be online only to post various scribbles from the road here and at The Post-Local. New & featured projects will return to regular updates in the fall, presuming I return to the States.

Thanks & good luck out there.


Welcome to Distorted Perspective. A brief introduction—

—Colin Smith. Born 1982. Some punk rock kid turned multidisciplinary artist & graphic designer-type. An Alaskan in Oregon by way of New England, Georgia, Texas and California looking for hope in the wind. Working in the various languages of truth, systems and identity.

I create works of assembly. Taking a variety of disparate components in any given medium and attempting to build a cohesive whole, I look to mimic the disorder and confusion our conflicted, human lives end up creating naturally through time. My focus is not to communicate through any single process but rather create a language that translates across aesthetic approach; a message that resonates by any means of interaction.


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