A Dirty Little Pail of Tin

Every time I travel I collect songs along the way to create a soundtrack for the trip. So far this is side one, track one.

Posted to Personal at 21:55 on 15 May 2018

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The Hour

I get we live in the age of “Prestige Television” but I don’t know if there’s an American show that comes close to the overlooked, cancelled-far-too-early BBC program The Hour.

Posted to Personal at 22:37 on 28 February 2018

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On Repeat

Wish I could heal your broken wings to fly. Make every song cry out to you. I cry. If I could give my breath away, I would so I could hold you one more day. I would. I would give my breath away.

Posted to Personal at 11:21 on 10 February 2018

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The Master

The Master

by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012.

“Free winds and no tyranny for you …”

I’ve still not seen Phantom Thread, so I’m going through the PTA back catalogue. This is probably his most intimate work (though the aforementioned looks to be of a similar nature); I feel like Punch Drunk Love deals with the emotional side of closeness, and this the logical.

Posted to Personal at 21:41 on 24 January 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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