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Three Parallels + Four Shades: Artist Talk & Performance
About the Event
Join artist Phillip K. Smith III for a special artist talk inside the Three Parallels exhibition. After the conversation, the world premiere of Four Shades, a 20-minute site-specific performance created by dance artist Nicole L Olson (NicoleOlson|MovementChaos) and intermedia/music artist Shomit Barua, will be presented in Smith’s installation.
Please note there will be limited seating available, so plan for the possibility of standing or walking for the duration of the performance.
About the Performance
About Phillip K. Smith III
After growing up in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Phillip K. Smith III received a bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. From his Palm Desert, California, studio, he creates light-based work that draws upon ideas of space, form, color, light and shadow, environment, and change.
Featured in hundreds of online and print publications, Smith is known for creating large-scaled, temporary installations, such as Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, California; Reflection Field and Portals at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival; ¼ Mile Arc in Laguna Beach, California; and The Circle of Land and Sky at the inaugural 2017 Desert X exhibition. All these installations are featured in his latest catalog, titled Five Installations, published by Grand Central Press. His public artworks are sited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and beyond, and the artist was recently commissioned to create permanent, light-based works for the cities of West Hollywood, California, and Bellevue, Washington. Smith’s work was included in the exhibition and catalog Unsettled, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Ed Ruscha in 2017.
About Nicole L Olson
Nicole L Olson is a creator, teacher, and movement artist based in Phoenix and the artistic director of NicoleOlson|MovementChaos. She loves to create and dance work that speaks of the human condition—the joy of motion and stillness, silence and chaos, grounding and elevation.
About Shomit Barua
Shomit Barua is an intermedia artist specializing in ecoacoustics, responsive environments, and emergent narratives. His work is rooted in poetry and architecture, and reflects the shared tenets of contained space, economy of materials, and movement that is both physical and emotional. Combining everyday technologies with esoteric programming languages, he blurs the line between installation and performance and weaves together sound, object, and image. Digital and analog techniques are fused to investigate his core subject: the presence of the mind and body in a physical space.
Having collaborated with sculptors, dancers, musicians, architects, and visual artists, Barua believes that exploration of a motif is amplified—made “robust” and “thick”—through dialogue between disciplines. He holds a master of fines arts in poetry from Bennington College and teaches writing at Arizona State University while completing his doctoral research at ASU’s School of Arts, Media, and Engineering.