Kambel Smith: Philadelphia
FREE | Registration Not Required
This exhibition is wholly organized and presented by Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
Large-scale sculptural recreations of iconic Philadelphia architecture.
Thursday, November 07, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
About Kambel Smith
Smith creates large-scale sculptures representing iconic works of architecture using cardboard salvaged from the trash and other discarded materials such as foam core and paint. His recent works include Guild House (2019), Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (2019), Shake Shack (2019), and Tbilisi Bridge (2019), revealing the artist’s current interest in the work of architects Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, and James Wines.
Smith was diagnosed with Autism when he was eight years old. During the past ten years, his father has engaged the artist in daily improvised storytelling, encouraging Smith to participate in the created narrative by making drawings and sculpture. Smith typically takes up to five months to realize one of his finished models, and the artist’s hand is evident throughout the process, from the overall structure to precisely observed details. His use of found materials and obsessive attention to detail provide a unique insight into our architectural environment.
You can learn more about the artist and his process via this video from The Philadelphia Inquirer.