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Adam Parker Smith

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Untitled (Plane Crash) 2009 lambda print 32 1/4 x 48 in.
Thriller 2010 color photographs of water, wooden platform, speakers, soundtrack from Jaws movie installation size varies
Pinned 2009 balloons, inflatable kiddie pool, helium 53" wide
Umbrella Cloud 2009 275 white 48" umbrellas
Untitled (player piano) 2010 burnt hand-built wooden player piano
Parker Smith
Artist's Statement

Constructing the aftermath of invented ceremonies and transcendental experiences from materials mined from vernacular culture, hardware stores and inherited collections of fabrics, I mimic the human endeavor to understand the universe through a bizarre confluence of real events, daydreams and preexisting fables. Through this combination, I establish psychological sites for disparate elements to congregate in environments that are simultaneously haunting, familiar and alien. These tragicomic installations are private, uncensored, darkly humored and most often involve the direct participation of the viewer. They are populated by subjects pulled from the fertile environment of my fears and longings, polluted with filth, obsessions, crushes, jealousy and grace. With no attempt to disguise the material makeup, my methods of construction parallel the imperfections, flaws and vulnerability reveled in the subject’s characters.


Adam Parker Smith is a New York based sculpture and installation artist. He received his BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. Smith has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Sculpture Space, Bemis, Djerassi, Jentel, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally at Urbis, Manchester, England, Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg, Priska Juschka, New York, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts, The Soap Factory Minneapolis, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, and TSST Gallery in Hong Kong. Smith’s work has been written about in New York Times, Art in America, Beautiful Decay, The Village Voice, Fiber Arts,, Art World, White Wall Magazine and The New York Post.