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Judson King Smith

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My Melancholy Headdress for Suburban Decline, 2007 Mixed Media 72"x24"x8"
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My Melancholy Headdress for Suburban Decline (detail), 2007 Mixed Media 72"x24"x8"
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My Melancholy Headdress for Suburban Decline (detail), 2007 Mixed Media 72"x24"x8"
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Victoria, 2008 Scrap Metal & Found Objects 3'x4'x0.5'
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Amorphous Crucifix, 2004 Cast Concrete, Found Objects, Railroad Tie, Steel Plate
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Amorphous Crucifix (detail), 2004 Cast Concrete, Found Objects, Railroad Tie, Steel Plate
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The Oracle , 2007 Bronze
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The Oracle (detail), 2007 Bronze
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The Oracle (detail), 2007 Bronze 23"x10"x10"
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Portable Ball of Confusion, 2005 Mixed Media
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Portable Ball of Confusion, 2005 Mixed Media
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Bone Gun, 2007 Rifle Butt & Bones
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Icarus Down, 2005 Steel Assemblage & Found Objects
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Icarus Down Port hole (detail), 2005 Steel Assemblage & Found Objects 2"x2"
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Icarus Down, 2005 Steel Assemblage & Found Objects
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Sleep in the Night of the Forest, 2003 Concrete & Found Objects 8'x4'x1'
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Archaic Memory, 2003 Concrete & Found Objects
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Archaic Memory (Detail), 2003 Cast Concrete, Found Objects & Steel
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Extinction Vortex, 2005 Concrete & Found Objects
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Rusty Cross Town, 2004 Concrete & Found Objects
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3 Girl In , 2008 Cast Concrete & Found Objects 10"x10"x1"
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Man on the Verge of Total Fragmentation, 2010 Concrete & Found Steel
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Man on the Verge of Total Fragmentation, 2010 Cast Concrete and Found Steel
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Sebastopol
Works in
Sebastopol
Representing galleries
Quicksilver Mine Co.
Tags
mixed-media, installation, modern, figurative, sculpture
Statement

 

 

Judson King Smith

Artist’s Statement

 

The impetus for my sculpture making is a reverence for entropy, decay, dilapidation, corrosion & rust.

My work has evolved from a fascination with urban ruins, graveyards of technology, industrial archaeology, obsolete machinery, abandoned buildings, ghost towns & shipwrecks. These influences are tempered by my recent years of living in the woods, which have introduced organic elements of the cycle of life & death, natural, human & animal forms.

I approach art making with a desire to provide a visceral experience of the impermanence of technology & the gradual & inevitable breaking down of our synthetic world by natural forces. I am particularly interested in exploring our identity as humans through history & evolution: with the influence of nature, technology, culture & religion.

 

Working with industrial & natural materials I transform what I see into objects & environments of aesthetic & raw expression.