Bike Culture

On a random journey around Amsterdam seeking some inspiration, I found myself drawn to a small park. (I’m not even sure if it’s officially a park—on Google it’s simply called Plaza de la bodoka.)

I’ve returned to the park most days since I’ve been here to work on this painting and there are more than a few reasons I enjoy it. There’s an eclectic mix of people, a small but great corner view of some interesting houseboats … but most of all, for as close as it is to some major city streets, not a single car can be heard.

I don’t know if there’s a park or really place I’ve been to in America where it’s a public and well-trafficked space and not heard a single car. It’s these little things that really add up to the broader argument about cultural differences between America and the rest of the world. All that noise, and for what? Fewer amazing parks?

Posted to Social at 13:29 on 21 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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Roaming For The Moment

Canals

Faces & Bikes

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Posted to Personal at 17:27 on 14 April 2018

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Back At It

Arriving at my first house in Amsterdam after 20 hours of travel

For the next 18 weeks I’ll be working my way through Europe. I am here to explore new techniques in painting and photography (in my spare time) while doing everything from international commissions to laying brick and mortar. This blog will hopefully be semi-updated with work and other miscellaneous fun.

I’ll also soon have The Post-Local up and running, which will be some of the more cultural observations I have.

Posted to Personal at 01:09 on 14 April 2018

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Moving Around

Working list of every street I can remember living on for at least 90 days.

Posted to Personal at 13:24 on 18 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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Distorted Perspective was registered in 1999; it has taken many forms since. Work from the project galleries is 2009-2017. All original content is © to Colin Smith. Please link back to work featured on blogs; contact for any other rights to republication.

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