Words With No Shape

After the election of Donald Trump, a lot of clever media types decided to name-drop Idiocracy, Mike Judge’s criminally underrated decade-old movie about America getting dumber and more corporate over time, as a reference to our current time. Like, Ha ha, oh how life can mimic art!

The media, of course, is so fucking incompetent they can’t even create a decent metaphor about our current social situation with the entirety of American popular culture to reference. We don’t live in the world of Idiocracy, we live in the world of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

What has happened—especially since the 2016 election—is a broad but ill-defined shift in what words mean. In the movie, it’s very obvious that though a blade of grass is still a blade of grass, it’s now also something completely different because it is giant.

The reality we used to inhabit, before the effects of the concentrated power from how the internet works were of concern to anyone, is gone. It looks and feels the same, but the way we described the world before the internet, and especially before 2016, simply falls short of our current experience. And this lack of cohesive language to build up society with is far more dangerous than an orange idiot with term limits.

Posted to Social at 10:49 on 28 January 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.


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—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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