Friday, January 30, 2009

La Reunion TX Tree Carving: Day Two


It my not look like it but this is the result of 4 hours of work. Of corse I did spend a lot of that time struggling to get the chain saw that I rented from Home Depot started. If David  had not shown up with his beautiful chain saw it would have been a total wast of a day for me. Thanks David!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Coming soon to the Mighty Fine Arts Project Room


JUST BELOW THE SKIN A RIVER FLOWS

A new installation by Brad Ford Smith at the Mighty Fine Arts Project Room.

February 21 – March 22, 2009

Reception 6-9 pm, February 21

This new project is basically a layman’s representation of the epidermis stratum (human skin). It is constructed using a stack of old watercolor paper, a pair of scissors, a hole puncher, a color copier, some nails, a bit of string, and a 9 foot long wall.

The project began when Veronica Tosten asked me to do an installation at Mighty Fine Arts. Instantly an image of a multi layered splattering popped into my head. Usually this sort of spontaneous imaging is just a reactionary response to a new project or material. Usually I enjoy the sensation and then dismiss the image as being a flashy, thin one-liner. But this time I wanted to explore what subconscious response created this image. What internal links were connected when this opportunity presented itself?          

This project also had the unique bonus in that I had three months to play with it before the installation date. This gave me and the image time to ferment, to spend equal amounts of time at the drafting table and in the backyard daydreaming. The image grew organically as it sifted through daily input…           

finding a stack of my father’s watercolor paper… sorting through the estate of an old dear friend… watching another friend cope with her second risky pregnancy… visualizing good health… discovering all my scissors dull and rusted… organizing 1000 Asian auction catalogs… flocks of grackles in the backyard, swarming of bees… body armor… fishing line… sanded wood… art lectures… art fairs… art blogging… coping with public dyslexia once again…

The result is a wall installation that is a hybrid of influences and experiences, a free association construct, a kind of diary portrayed in a low-tech, obsessive format.

It’s the continuous struggle that we all make just to keep inside of our own skin. 

Mighty Fine Arts 
419 N. Tyler Dallas, TX. 75208 
214-942-5241
Gallery hours 12 – 5 Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

La Reunion TX Second Annual Tree Carving and Open House


I was selected as one of 11 artists to participate in La Reunion TX's Second annual Tree Carving and Open House.  This years artists are:

OLIVER BRADLEY + DAVID BLOOD 
TARA TONINI + JOEY SEEMAN 
ERIK GLISSMAN + ERIN GLISSMAN + ERICA FELICELLA 
BRAD FORD SMITH 
RASOUL KHALIQ 
DAVID CARAPETYAN 
ALBERT SCHERBARTH
VET 
CINDY THOMAS 
KEVIN OBREGON 

The La Reunion Tx property is 35 acres of over grown woods. Part of reclaiming the land is having artists come out and inflict their creative urges on selected non-native or dying trees. The objective is to transform these trees into a sculpture that will remain in place, exposed to the elements, and part of the natural cycle of decay.

Above is the drawing for the basic idea of what I will do this year. I will cut a tree down to a tall stump. Then build a platform on which the wood from the tree will be stacked.

I did a tree in last years open house. Basically I turned a cedar tree into a flat botanical specimen similar to pressed flowers. 



 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Barcelona @ Christmass

It was kind of rainy most of the time, and yes this is the ugliest building I have seen, But the 10 day in Barcelona was wonderful. I would happily go back just to eat more of their wonderful food.