Arcata, United States, 1978
Adam Parker Smith’s totemic structures resemble a symbolic language of metallic balloons. Like false hieroglyphics, his sculptures appear to have literal meaning, but the artist employs these self-created objects as brushstrokes; shapes, color and line in motion. His works turn out to be a concise lesson in art history, from the ancient to the contemporary; references including Greek and Roman statuary to seventies’ body art, and a trompe l’oeil-like emphasis and exaltation around the idea of authenticity and material transmutation.
Smith lives and works in Brooklyn. He received a BA in Painting from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; he also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado; Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; and Times Museum, Guangzhou. Past artist residencies include Triangle Arts, LMCC Swing Space, Sculpture Space, EFA Studio Program, Djerassi Residency, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.