Contemporary mixed media collage, urban assemblage art, and modern poetry

Show & Tell
Steven B. Smith

I was recently required to reduce my last 3 years of visual art output
to 12 pieces and a statement of intent

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darwin's radio    lotus blossom    on the road

war    vampires on the beach    e=mc2

comes the dawn    ice-9    autumn

there was a crooked man    food for thought, detail    the three ways of water

  Artist Statement

These 12 pieces use found objects as paint and paint as object
to create urban fairy tales, moral landscapes, and symbolic pricks of conscience.
They explore the great divide twixt flesh and spirit, mind and heart,
right and wrong, beauty and ugliness.

The use of common objects in an uncommon way draws the viewer in because
of their subjective response to recognizable objects from their own existence.
This combined with the literary and suggestive titles causes
the mind to wonder while the eye wanders, thus adding mystery to the mix.

Time and chance are incorporated in that a mixture of copper corrosion
and iron is often used - the copper slowly darkens over the years
while the underlying iron rusts, so in a piece like Darwin's Radio
the iron shavings will slowly rust a bright orange through the blue copper
corrosion covering them. How and when the copper and iron oxidation
occurs is unknown and unknowable at the time of creation.

There are also strong Zen (The Three Ways of Water), moral (War),
humorous (Vampires on the Beach) and/or perception (e=mc2) elements involved.

These pieces are a collaboration between myself, the objects used,
and the viewer - so essentially everyone will see a different piece.
Since the pieces are so textured and sculptural, they change as the light changes.
They also become different pieces as the viewer changes and grows.

As in all art, these pieces have three functions:
1) to catch the eye  
2) intrigue the mind  
3) instruct the spirit.

(this proposal was turned down by the ohio arts council 1.5.2004)

29 pieces in private collections

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