Frames of Reference - Sam Smith
Frames of Reference
Texts by Post Brothers and Jan Verwoert
128 pages, 28 full colour pages, softcover with French flaps
A Broken Dimanche Press and Künstlerhaus Bethanien publication
In his first dedicated monograph Australian artist Sam Smith draws together a number of recent artistic projects accompanied by written contributions from Post Brothers and Jan Verwoert. With a holistic design formulated by the artist, 'Frames of Reference' presents an in depth documentation of his 2014 video installation 'Form Variations', substantial analysis of past projects and new image work devised specifically for the publication.
Sam Smith works across sculptural construction and moving image to create a visual language that speaks to both the history of cinema and its possible future forms. In his reflective narratives, spatial exercises and structural experiments, Smith connects new technologies with traditional processes. He invests film and video with ideas relating to three-dimensional space while also expanding object-based work into temporal territory. The camera, lens and frame are foregrounded, transgressing their function in reflections on their own construction. His aesthetic moves beyond theoretical deconstruction toward an expression that is elegant, exploratory and contemplative in tone.
Sam Smith (b. 1980 in Sydney) lives and works in Sydney and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include “Form Variations”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2014); “Frameworks”, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2013) and “Film Without a Past, Altes Finanzamt”, Berlin (2012). He has participated in numerous group shows including “Online / Offline. Encoding Everyday Life for Vorspeil Transmediale”, Altes Finanzamt, Berlin (2014); “Oblivion”, Zweigstelle Berlin (2014); “Conquest of Space”, COFA Galleries, Sydney, Australia (2014) and “Larger than life”, Temporära Konsthallen, Stockholm (2013).