Joseph Smolinski
American, born 1975
Selected exhibitions
Mixed Greens at PULSE Miami Beach 2015,
Mixed Greens
Second Nature,
Mixed Greens
Joseph Smolinski: Night for Day,
Mixed Greens

A profound reverence for the environment underlies Joseph Smolinski’s delicate pencil drawings and watercolors depicting the natural world as it intersects with technology. Branching into sculpture, animation, and video, much of Smolinski’s work stems from an interest in the now-ubiquitous fake trees used to camouflage roadside cell phone towers. Cellular Transmission Trees envisions a landscape wherein these monstrosities take over like parasites, while Tree Turbine (2007) imagines redesigned wind turbines that finally overcome the aesthetic argument against them as a clean energy source. Smolinksi explains, “Trees continue to permeate my work not only through their religious, political and personal histories, but also as means to question technology and the future of the natural world.”

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