Pixelated Peacocks and Glitched-Out Goats

March 14, 2013 | Andy Cush

Just got a brand-new piece of glitchy furniture and need some knick-knacks to put on top? You could do a lot worse than these pixilated animal sculptures from artist Shawn Smith. Smith, as you may have guessed, is interested in how computers mitigate our perception of the natural world. Everything’s made of wood blocks, to make that natural/technological distinction especially clear.

Smith writes

My work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality. Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology. When we see images of nature on TV or on a computer screen, we feel that we are seeing nature but we are really only seeing patterns of pixelated light.

Shawn Smith, May 17-June 23, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico