Bill Smith’s Biological Artfare
One gets the feeling, looking at his sculptures, that Bill Smith may have spent a lot of time looking through a microscope at the tiny organic elements that make up life. And one would be right.
In addition to an MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois, Smith holds a Bachelors of Science in biology. No wonder his pieces possess such intricate detail and natural composition.
The striking minutiae of Smith’s work are what make it so compelling to see. Perfectly balanced coils of wire and colourful arrays of beads are combined to create a sort of surreal molecular beauty pageant that floats above and around you.
Other pieces, such as Untitled (Fuel Injectors with Artificial Flowers), blend the mechanical with the natural in a way that blurs the line between traditional and progressive perceptions of beauty.
In the end, Smith’s sculpture doesn’t break any new ground, but it treats familiar territory with great care.