Curated by Hawkesbury Regional Gallery curator Tia McIntyre, this exhibition explores the use of craft techniques in contemporary art. Rather than taking a side in the long-running art-vs-craft debate, 'It is what it is' presents an open, inclusive take on the symbiosis of art and craft. We are encouraged to marvel at the innovative and skillful use of materials by 12 artists working across a broad range of artisan techniques, from Adrienne Doig's embroidered tapestries to David Capra's plasticine "gemstones". In the tradition of artisan skill sharing, visitors are invited to bring unfinished projects to a series of Crafternoons, Saturdays from 1-3pm throughout the exhibition.
Artists: Vicky Browne, Anna Brownfield, David Capra, Adrienne Doig, Troy Emery, Rayna Fahey, Talitha Kennedy, Annee Miron, Emily Morandini, Shaelene Murray, Vince O'Connor, Sam Smith.
Framed Perceptions collects together work by two geographically diverse artists: Linda Hofvander (SWE) and Sam Smith (AU). The aim is to draw together parallel lines of investigation that interrogate the material of the captured image, focusing on the process of constructing space and narrative through photography, film, video and sculpture. By using recording media to define objects and spaces, a complex relationship is created between the act of recording and the images recorded. It is a relationship that holds significance in our increasingly mediated society.
In June 2013, Sam Smith will return to the Helsinki International Artist Programme for a one month residency. During this time he will mount a two-person exhibition at Sinne Gallery with Linda Hofvander.
Sam Smith's 'Film Wthout a Past' will be screening in the Video Room at Valle Ortí alongside the exhibition 'Online / Offline / encoding the everyday life'. The project is curated by Lorenzo Sandoval.
Sam Smith with be presenting work with 3+1 Arte Contemporanea (stand 10H03) at ARCO Madrid from 13-17 Febuary 2013. The artist will be present at the fair.
indi berlin magazine art editor, James Harper, caught up with Smith to discuss his working methods and how cinema has influenced him in and out of art.
Video Lens [HJ11x4.7B] (2007) will be part of ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Video Artist’ at Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart, Australia. The exhibition features ten video and new media works from the Artbank collection, including: Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, Robin Hungerford, Jess MacNeil, Ms&Mr, James Newitt, Elvis Richardson, Joan Ross and Sam Smith.
Film Without a Past (2012) will premiere in Berlin at Altes Finanzamt opening on Friday 14 September 2012.
In 2002 the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki released Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The Man Without a Past), a film shot primarily in Helsinki. The narrative centres on a man (identified in the credits simply as M.) who loses his memory after being robbed and beaten in Kaisaniemi park near the central railway station. Film Without a Past (2012) makes a second erasure, stripping the original film is of its images. The remaining audio becomes the anchor for a new visual system that builds a montage language from association, retracing and expanding the streets, bars and façades of Kaurismäki's nostalgic Helsinki.
Sam Smith's two channel video Frame, Lens (2012) will be on display at Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane from August 22 - September 8.
Sam Smith's Cameraman (2011) will be screened at Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki on Thursday, July 26. The bar will be open from 7 – 9pm with the screening starting at 8pm, everyone welcome.