Shawn Smith's Pixelated Sculptures



Austin-based artist Shawn Smith creates 3D sculptures that look like pixelated images. He slices sheets of plywood into 3/4 inch cubes, dyes them, and then glues them together. Smith writes:

For the past few years, I have been creating a series of "Re-things." These whimsical sculptures represent pixilated animals and objects of nature. I find images of my subjects online and then create three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. I build my "Re-things" pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixilation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.


Link via Technabob | Video about the Creation Process | Image: Shawn Smith

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Cool work, but why do artists like this go on and on making up crap about the philosophy behind it? "Re-things" blah blah intangible blah blah alchemy blah blah blah. Can't the piece just speak for itself?
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Maybe because legos do not come in a variety of colors that wood dyes do? And wood is more readily available and cheaper than legos.
That is my guess as to why he does not use legos.
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Aaron, LEGOS look like LEGOS. They may resemble pixels as well, but the first thing someone thinks when they see them is "LEGOS" and everything that the mind subconsciously associates with them... I think that while the result would look SIMILAR, done in LEGOS people would interpret the piece quite differently.
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