Wednesday, October 20, 2010

David A Smith Art

David A Smith conjures outlandish sculptural scenarios from the most banal materials. Inanimate objects assume a pose as if ready to unfurl like sprung automata the moment one averts one's attention. An air of playful innocence is undermined by hints of personal unease and some undefined brand of perversity. It's a measure of Smith's compositional sophistication that this doesn't end up like the usual wacky run of worn-out surrealism. His meticulously crafted intrigues make one almost lose one's trust in the assumption that the legs of a nearby chair aren't going to start furtively running about the room. - Robert Clark. The Guardian