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Pixel This: Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby    May 17 - Jun 23, 2013

Rusty Scruby
Epsilon, 2013
Slow Migration
Rusty Scruby
Slow Migration, 2013
The Lookout
Rusty Scruby
The Lookout, 2013
Walking Stick
Rusty Scruby
Walking Stick, 2013
Blue Puff
Shawn Smith
Blue Puff, 2013
Shawn Smith
Kelvin2, 2012
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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 ndean@turnercarrollgallery.com or call the gallery at 505.986.9800.

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