This week we welcome David Benjamin Smith. Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and third generation immigrant of Ashkenazic descent who lives in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY) and holds an MFA from Bard College. Smith’s work has appeared in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the International Center of Photography, Spring Break Art / Show and Halsey McKay Gallery. Another World: The Textile Art of David B. Smith was on view in 2020-21.
He designed a digital interactive version to accompany Another World, enabling him to engage the students during the pandemic.
Smith makes fabric-based photo-sculpture, installation and sound performance to explores fantasy, loss, commodity and connection in American culture. To gain access to the back-end of cultural memory, he playfully rearranges iconography using pseudo programming code comprised of digital and analog fragmentation, accreditation and reorientation.
He isolates patterns, crosses wires and entertains poetic interpretations, making the once familiar strange and unsettling, yet oddly cozy.