Native Soil by Shane Charles Smith

Native Soil

Shane Charles Smith

Shane Charles Smith is a conceptual artist who utilizes the natural fluid state of combined soft and hard substances like wax, oil, and unfired clay along with the solid materials of copper, cement, and glass to create works of terrestrial meditations. Native Soil, through an open movement of organic and archaic forms and materials with altering place histories, reveals this world as a healing nomadic terrain that humanity ceaselessly encircles.


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 27, 6 -8 p.m.

Artist’s Talk: Friday, August 4, 6 p.m.

About the Artist:

Shane Charles Smith (b. 1983, Bangor, ME) earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked directly with artists elin O’hara Slavick and Jina Valentine. In 2015 he was commissioned by the UNC Department of Art to create “Concrete Angel,” which was constructed and is on view in the UNC Alumni Sculpture Garden. He currently lives and works in New York City. Smith’s venues circle between unsanctioned performance spaces and curated museum exhibitions. Solo and group exhibitions and performance venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, ME, The John and June Allcott Gallery and The Ackland Museum at UNC, the DAC Gallery in Los Angeles, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Image: Quilt (Map of the Atlantic), 2017, Cement, asphalt (Florida), clay (North Carolina), sand (New York), paint, spray paint, copper wire, safflower oil, and beeswax on canvas with waxed thread. 148 x 72 inches 375.9 x 182.8 cm ©Studio of Shane C. Smith.

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