New Work by Jessica Drenk and Shawn Smith at Cain Schulte Contemporary Art in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Cain Schulte Contemporary Art San Francisco presents an exhibition of new work by Jessica Drenk and Shawn Smith, featuring 8-bit and mixed media sculptures. Shawn Smith’s work investigates the slippery intersection between the digital world and reality; specifically, the way we experience nature through technology. Starting from the observation that images of “nature” on TV or on a computer screen are really only seeing patterns of pixilated light, Smith recreates three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images with small wood cubes, resembling 8-bit pixels, which resolve into much larger sculptures representing natural forms. Through the process of pixilation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Smith builds his “things”—as he calls them—pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a cruc