Carl Smith explores the area between Pop Art and Surrealism. He combines his own photographic material with drawings and other fragments of narrative imagery. He works with several layout combinations before creating a finished image. From this image, he selects and transmits specific parts onto a canvas in a screen printing process and further completes his works with oil paint. With the use of imagery he tells slightly absurd and humorous visual anecdotes. The process of making these narrative works is what Smith refers to as, 'Drawing with Pictures'.
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About Carl Smith
Berlin-based artist and musician Carl Smith pulls together images from various sources in a process he calls “drawing with pictures.” He combines his own photographic material with drawings and other fragments into loosely narrative collages that he screen prints on canvas, then stretches and finishes with details added in oil paint and pencil. The results are hand-painted images with a graphic quality and heavily textured canvas. “In this age of slick advertisements and seamless computer imagery,” Smith has said, “it is important for me to allow the steps of the process I use to show through and to embrace the small accidents and coincidences that happen along each step of the way.” With their hints of Pop Art and Surrealism, the works recall the acts of journaling and recording of personal history.
American, b. 1972