Shane Charles Smith (b. 1983, Bangor, Me.) attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recruited by Jeff Whetstone, Smith worked directly with Artists elin O’hara Slavick, Jina Valentine, and Jim Hirschfield as well as Art Historians Cary Levine and Pedro Lasch of Duke University. While at UNC Smith taught “practical” design by encouraging an interdisciplinary and student led approach.
After graduation (2015), he moved to New York. During this time he showed at the Ackland Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA and has since participated in gallery, museum shows and actions throughout the country including actions at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, curating a group show in Los Angeles as part of Maiden.La and a recent solo show in Durham, North Carolina.
Shane Charles Smith’s work is frequently engaged in forms expressing the ritual of making mark. Smith’s venues circle between unsanctioned performance spaces and curated museum exhibitions. Utilizing material-actions Smith creates paintings, sculptures and photographic works. He poetically resources from where he works (a park in New York, a tennis court in Florida or a gravel pit in Maine) making impressions or even surreal representations of the landscapes he works out of.