Shawn Smith – sculptures of nature from your computer screen

Shawn Smith is one of the artists who will be included in “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012. He’s been working for a while now on a series he calls “Re-things,” sculptures of pixilated animals and objects of nature. He takes images he’s found online and then creates three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. They’re made of plywood that he cuts in little cubes or sometimes strips and hand dyes. Smith says, “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.” Upon seeing these at first glance, we thought one of them was indeed a blown up satellite photo or some sort. It appears that each one is life-size which must make for an added effect in person.

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