Pixel This: Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby

Pixel This: Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby

epsilon by rusty scruby

Rusty Scruby

Epsilon, 2013

the lookout by rusty scruby

Rusty Scruby

The Lookout, 2013

walking stick by rusty scruby

Rusty Scruby

Walking Stick, 2013

blue puff by shawn smith

Shawn Smith

Blue Puff, 2013

twist by shawn smith

Shawn Smith

Twist, 2013

slow migration by rusty scruby

Rusty Scruby

Slow Migration, 2013

vendredi 17 mai 2013dimanche 23 juin 2013

Santa Fe, NM USA

Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm

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.

For more information, please contact Natalie Dean at [email protected] or call the gallery at 505.986.9800.