My practice centres around writing in several forms. In 2012 I was awarded a career development opportunity under which I was mentored by art writer David Trigg for nine months. I have since produced a number of commissioned exhibition essays and my reviews have been published online by several art magazines including Aesthetica and Hyperallergic. For four years I have worked as writer for five-piece collaborative practice, MadeScapes^, where I have developed a style of writing that not only provides context for the group’s installations - drawing on digital culture, online aesthetics, and the post-human experience - but also functions as an artwork in its own right. This technique, which produces texts typically between 300-500 words, has been further developed in my role as writer and co-founder at Home_Platform, a gallery collective that functions both on and offline, and seeks to examine the relative positions of object, image, and gallery space in the post-internet environment. Similar work has been commissioned by artists to incorporate within their own projects, these pieces have been used as projected scrolling texts, audio broadcasts, and in one instance published as a short story in 30Dii, an Amsterdam-based anthology of artist’s writings. For family reasons my studio practice has been set aside during this time, however I am now ready to take on a studio once more. Until such time as I acquire one, I am working through a backlog of ideas via my Artist Without Studio project, for which I have nominated two pieces of MDF board to stand in as my studio for twelve months, with all work produced within that period to be made either on or from these two boards.
CV & Education
Trevor H. Smith is a freelance art writer and artist. His reviews and articles have been published by Aesthetica Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Artists’ Newsletter (a-n). Key writing attributes include efficiency of language, clear and concise communication of concepts and ideas, and an ability to work quickly and to a tight deadline.
Examples of recent writing:
Hyperallergic: In Search of the Post-Internet at Art Rotterdam
Aesthetica: Art Rotterdam 2015 review
Epilelesthai by Solveig Settemsdal less formal blog review
Email: [email protected]
Beacons, Pig Rock Bothy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
The Nostalgia Project, Bristol Biennial at the Edwardian Cloakrooms, Bristol
Portal, Bristol Biennial at The Galleries Shopping Centre and Bedminster High Street, Bristol
A Wave Looks the Same from Above and Below, Home-Platform @LacunaCrux, Bristol
Bending Light, Home-Platform @BV studios, Bristol
Relay, Ovada, Oxford
Platform Professional Development Programme winner (2012) placed under mentor David Trigg to develop skills in art writing.
John Purcell Printmakers award (2012) most innovative use of printmaking techniques in Bath Spa degree show.
A range of critical, curatorial, and conceptual text pieces can be found on my website, trevorhsmith.co.uk/writer