Shawn Smith Predators, Prey And Pixels

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Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September 18 – October 18, 2015

GrayDUCK Gallery is pleased to introduce an exhibition by Austin artist Shawn Smith. Predators, Prey, and Pixels, is an exhibition that examines the evolutionary confrontation between nature and the digital world through the creation of a pixelated natural world. His detailed sculptural work draws inspiration from cell survival and how that plays into the identity of an organism and their evolution.

Shawn Smith
My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology. I grew up in a large city only experiencing the natural world through computers and television screens. With my work, I create three-dimensional sculptural representations of two-dimensional images of nature I find online. I build my objects pixel by pixel with hand cut, hand-dyed strips of wood in an overtly laborious process in direct contrast to the slipperiness and speed of the digital world. Through this process of pixelation, details become distilled, distorted, or deleted. I am interested in how each pixel plays an important role in the identity of the object the same way each cell plays a crucial role in the identity of an organism.
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By: grayDUCK Gallery