Wyoming Arts Council

Nicolaysen features artwork by Rawlins' artist Joshua Ray Smith March 8-April 21

From a NIC press release:

Casper’s Nicolaysen Art Museum will exhibit the sculpture, furniture and photography of WAC roster artist Joshua Ray Smith of Rawlins from March 8–April 21. There will be a reception with the artist on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. FREE to the public.

With a sensitive awareness to the impact spaces have on our perception, Josh Smith works between sculpture, carving of space, functional objects, architecture, conceptual ideas in the public sphere, land-use, and site-based installation. He grew up on a small cattle ranch. His first experiences of space were endless horizons, open sky, and high desert plains of the Rocky Mountains. Isolation, harsh landscape, and the sense of place from the spatial perception of horse, saddle, foot, land, and sun have all been formative in his inspiration, research, identity, and work. Smith works with juxtapositions of interior & exterior; craft & concept, light, shadow & reflection; of structure, material, & the ephemeral; between entropy, rust, decay, & conservation, and between orientation & passage.

Smith received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. In 2010, Smith moved back to Wyoming pursuing the driving interest and conceptual subject of his studio research. He presently operates a studio practice on a site just north of Rawlins, Wyoming. Smith is the owner and operator of Smith Studio Works LLC, a sculpture, public art, architectural ironwork, fabrication and furniture studio. He is also building an all-natural and all grass-based livestock project on a small cattle ranch. There, he continues to develop an ongoing project of harvesting the suns renewable energy through the grass grazed by cattle, where grazing management and land conservation are reciprocal.

For images, please go to: http://www.thenic.org/index.php?/media/C52

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