Untitled (locker room)

Michael Bill Smith's avatar Michael Bill Smith

My art practice is an open, playful exploration of materials and forms that engage my subjects, both public and private. Play and intuition encourage the uncanny emergence of multiple meanings; the effect being sensual, sometimes sexual and humorous, while evoking issues of identity and politics. I experiment with social codes and frameworks, especially the way in which these structure our perception. For example, I use images downloaded from the Internet, depicting ambiguous spaces where the privacy of a person’s body is exposed to public view, then transfer them through the process of silk-screening acrylic paint and heat-setting foil onto vinyl. Here, I re-contextualize and obfuscate the original subjects, in turn, complicating their readings.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: varies
  • Medium: Glue, metal foil, acrylic, sparkly vinyl upholstery, metal eyelets, upholstery tacks
  • Width: 109”
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 84"