March First Friday

Come to our little party, Portland. I’ll have three new pieces up at the Warehouse show.

Posted to Work at 09:21 on 28 February 2018

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Off To The Presses

A preview of the collateral for this year’s Looking Forward, Giving Back work for the First Exposures gala. This is one of the best organizations I’ve ever been affiliated with and doing this every year is so much fun.

Posted to Work at 11:51 on 23 February 2018

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Event Design

I’m working on the designs for the 2018 Looking Forward, Giving Back collateral for First Exposures; it should be a pretty fun set, as it’s the 25th anniversary of the organization.

For now, a simple announcement.

Posted to Work at 17:16 on 13 February 2018

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Ahead of Schedule

Tabloid poster for the February art walk

First Friday usually has a prep schedule of, “Do posters Thursday morning, promote Friday morning, hang the show Friday afternoon and clean Saturday morning.” Having any promotion done two full weeks in advance has to be a record by a long shot.

Posted to Work at 18:33 on 12 January 2018

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This Friday

I’ve not been in Portland for some time, it will be interesting to be back for the night and play some music.

Posted to Personal at 13:02 on 2 January 2018

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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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