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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Tape & Glue

Posted to Personal at 18:46 on 11 February 2018

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Holiday Leftovers

I spent the holiday season isolated, house-sitting with some cats in the cold recesses of suburban Seattle. Over the month-long hibernation, I wrote and recorded the skeleton to a record that is currently being re-arranged, collaborated-over and otherwise produced. This is the eighth of nine tracks.

The album clocks in currently at 41 minutes and will hopefully be released in March.

Posted to Work at 17:13 on 5 February 2018

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The Shape Of Punk To Come

I have a new visual art project in the works. A six piece preview of Time Is A Maze are on display through the month at the iDoc Gallery, 640 SE Stark Street in Portland.

(Thanks to all who showed up for the debut on First Friday)

Posted to Work at 12:35 on 5 February 2018

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One Note At A Time


I call my primary sound project asterisk because it’s not meant to be a solo act or a band, but rather creating sound collaborations with a variety of musicians. I’ve been outlining a concept for a follow up to At Risk and the structural demo is finally complete.

Posted to Personal at 19:37 on 17 January 2018

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Coffee in the Park

Posted to Work at 21:21 on 8 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.


E-Mail: colin at distorted perspective
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