Above Shawn Smith's "Double Dahl" (2007)
Is it live or is it Memorex? Or to put it in the now-and-day realm of Texas artist Shawn Smith, is it digital or is it pixelated wood?
Best to let Smith describe his craft:
"My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology. When we see images of nature on TV or on a computer screen, we feel that we are seeing nature but we are really only seeing patterns of pixilated light."
In recent years, Smith has created a series of works that he calls "Re-things," including whimsical sculptures of pixilated animals and objects of nature. These are generally made from recycled materials.
"In my building process, I start with a full sheet of material like plywood or MDF and cut it into 1/2-inch strips of varying lengths -- typically 1/2-inch to 2 feet long. I then hand dye each strip of wood individually with dyes mixed from ink and acrylic paint. I mix each color by hand to create a huge palette of colors in order to give the sculpture more depth and visual interest before assembling the object."
Learn more at shawnsmithart.com.
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