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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I’m currently writing a new EP. I don’t know if this will be on it, but it’s one of those things I did at three in the morning two months ago and then forgot about until now. Assembly/collage style art work is interesting because the process of creation is also the process of editing. This new project remains untitled, but I’m aiming for a collaborative effort to be released by Spring.

Posted to Work at 00:36 on 19 December 2017

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Talkin’ ’bout Practice

I am currently building up ideas for a vinyl & print project that will hopefully see the light of day in Spring 2018. This is an improvised take on an idea I’m working with, live from First Friday, with Natasha jumping in on random backing vocals.

Posted to Work at 15:45 on 3 December 2017

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My new musical endeavor is as collaborative as possible, with myself being the only constant throughout. Things hit peak at First Friday shows; anyone is randomly welcome to pick up an instrument and improvise with us. This is one clip of over three hours of random, frantic concepts. Marcos plays the sax, Nik and I play guitar, Natasha and a woman I didn’t catch the name of sing through various pedal sets, and Nicholas is on the keys.

Posted to Work at 15:30 on 3 December 2017

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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.


E-Mail: colin at distorted perspective
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