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About the Artists
Cody and Connor Smith are Visual Artists currently based out of Vancouver and Toronto Canada. Connor is in his fourth year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at OCAD University and Cody received his BFA from the same institution in 2010.
Both brothers are from St. Catharines ON Canada; in the heart of the Niagara Region. Growing up in the most populated area of Canada, surrounded by the Great Lakes, and geographically almost as low in latitude as Northern California, the brothers feel that this gave them a unique sense of PLACE which they have embraced in their individual practices today.
Smith's work captures the small moments that many of us take for granted. Some of us live in the past, or in the future, forgetting the gift we are given of the beauty that surrounds us in the present.
Smith's work is a realization "in paint" of the beauty we overlook daily through thought provoking perspectives achieved with color, form, light, and imagination. His practice is an enlightened response to what we often unconsciously encounter - those mundane moments of human existence.
Description of the work
Our paintings are images that stretch time; like a photograph taken from a camera with a shutter speed of 100 years. They are a portrayal of the human condition as the modern world rolls on.
The viewer is challenged with an image on a wall that is in a constant state of becoming. There is no end game with these paintings. We found the push and pull of different minds working in collaboration consistently creating the end result of a dream-like floating limbo. This we did not plan on.
In creating these works we were interested in challenging the painting process. We were trying to find a new way to paint a picture; branching out from the traditional means of creating a painting with an easel and palette.
There is a real interesting give and take that exists while painting on a canvas that has the ghost of your brother in it. We found ourselves many times simply emulating each other’s styles. Other times we each would implement an editing process on the other person’s work, attacking an element of the canvas that we did not like; finding ourselves painting over something that the other spent much time on. There are countless complete images that lie beneath the facade of the painting that is presented to the viewer. They are alive with buried images!
Everything you have ever felt, seen, experienced, and longed for is present in these paintings. There is joy and there is sadness. There is love and there is hate. There is life and there is death. Many times these paintings balance on a fine line between two extremes.
We feel it is important that there was 5000km separating us while we sent work back and forth to each other. These images took a journey. In between our studios was Canada; with all its trees, rocks, oil, clouds, suns, moons, lakes, rivers, stars, mists, wolves, birds, beavers, streets, bridges, fences, sidewalks, parks, windows, and most importantly, PEOPLE.