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Carl E. Smyth

Carl E. Smyth
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I graduated from Ulster University in the early 1990s during a time of bombs, bullets and bigotry. Over the following 20 years I employed my creative construction skills building props and sets for theatre, film and TV. In recent years I have returned to making art because I feel I can create an impact on minds and hearts, through exposing and enlightening audiences, introducing dialogue and tempting inspiration.

Growth is measured by time. At the tip of time’s arrow there is a soft and unpredictable interface with a defined state of growth, and an undefined future state. This moment of uncertainty is where growth states develop, not in solidified measurable instances but by tentatively exploring the potential outcomes. Certainty is the enemy of growth. It is inside the zone of untrammelled consciousness that better understanding of ourselves and the society in which we live develops. The daily repetition of restraining cultural anaesthesia perpetuated on the masses blinker the mind into empty consumerism and digital distraction. This removes the individual from the zone of proximal growth. If we are to be the hero of our story, we are obliged to enter the unknown and to be transformed by it. This challenge is substituted by cloying beliefs which interrupt time, and thus undermine growth. Individuals and the society they create become embedded in redundant and harmful belief structures to the detriment of their humanity and the masking of potential progressive futures.
My artistic practice involves sculpture, installation and painting, using a wide range of construction materials and media. All aspects of this work are engaged with the exploration of what art is, and what it’s for. Specifically, I’m working with the relational elements of art and how it connects to the audience. I am fusing my professional knowledge with artistic research and making skills.

Projects
2021 - Creating and coordinating www.HesiTateScotland.art a curatorial project connecting artists.
2021 - HesiTate Dundee - A featured collaborative performance/ artistic research project.
2020 - Hesitate Balgarvie East – A Lockdown art response/ art in the community/ short film.
2019 - Skelf - Collaboration, Cupar Arts, Fife, Scotland – Interactive Sculptural installation
2018/19 - Compositions for a Standing Stone – Series of oil paintings with musical composition.
2018 - Dundee Contemporary Art Festival – Collage Relief Artwork
2017 - Generator Projects Group Show Dundee – Sculpture
EDUCATION
MASTER OF FINE ART - ART, SOCIETY & PUBLICS (WITH DISTINCTION) | 2018 | DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE.
· Recipient of the MFA ASP award for outstanding academic achievement.
· Artistic research covering sculpture, the act of making, tacit knowledge, iconography, cognition & gender.
· Exploring this research through sculpture and installation.

BA (HONS) COMBINED STUDIES IN ART AND DESIGN | 1992 | ULSTER UNIVERSITY, BELFAST
· Specializing in fine art sculpture.
· Other interest areas; printmaking, fashion, design, photography & painting.
Adoro Te devote No. 5
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Adoro Te devote No. 5
  • Oil
Adoro te devote No. 7
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Adoro te devote No. 7
  • Oil
Adoro te devote No. 9
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Adoro te devote No. 9
  • Oil
Adoro te devote No. 10
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Adoro te devote No. 10
  • Oil
Adoro te devote No. 11
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Adoro te devote No. 11
  • Oil
Sonic Chamber Build Collaboration
  • Carl E. Smyth
  • Sonic Chamber Build Collaboration
  • Installation

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