Turner Carroll Gallery introduces new work by artists Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby. In "New Work" we can expect to see bold color and eccentric engineering. Artists Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby both hail from Texas, and both wield unconventional techniques to convey their messages about the natural world.
Shawn Smith starts with a Google image search, which returns very low resolution images. From these he maps out his sculpture and proceeds to cut strips of wood into cubes of various sizes to reimagine various objects in nature. The final form results in a pixelated depiction of the object. Through this work, Shawn hints at our own detachment with nature as, for the most part, society experiences the outside world through a camera lens.
Shawn Smith has born impressive accomplishments such as commissions for the W Hotel in Austin, Microsoft in Minneapolis, Wired in London, and most recently, being featured as one of the forty artists in the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery exhibition, "40 Under 40: Craft Futures."
Rusty Scruby creates what he calls photographic reconstructions through cutting up photographic reproductions into various shapes and weaving them together. This breakdown results in a pixilated image, similar to that of Smith. The resulting abstraction of nature questions how we view the environment and interact with it. Scruby's training in engineering becomes apparent through the mathematical precision and construction of his pieces. His work calls on the viewer to use her vision in a more engaging way to reveal beautiful glimpses of seemingly ordinary scenes.
In 2010, Rusty received a grant from the NEA to fund an installation called "Playing in the Sand." His work is in well known collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and the Microsoft Corporation's collection in Redmond, Washington to name but a few. Also, concurrent with our exhibition will be a group show featuring Rusty's work at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This exhibition examines two dynamic and unique artists working with complex and immersive two-three-dimensional visual planes. Both Shawn and Rusty rearrange the obvious to create intra-artwork relationships. In a way their artwork collaborates with itself through the practice of layering. Both artists re-assemble snatched images from the natural world, putting them back togehther in a way that tells us something about ourselves and our environment.