Shawn Smith explores the role of pixels in the identity of objects with his creations.
Texas-based artist Shawn Smith creates 3D sculptures that look like pixelated images. He cuts plywood into small cubes, colors them and glues them together to design his work, which mostly portrays natural forms such as animals. Shawn uses man-made composite and recycled materials to create his art objects.
Neatorama has more on Shawn’s thoughts about his recent works:
For the past few years, I have been creating a series of “Re-things.” These whimsical sculptures represent pixilated animals and objects of nature. I find images of my subjects online and then create three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. I build my “Re-things” pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixilation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.