If you are one of those super rad individuals who have been following The Coachella Valley Art Scene since 2008 then the name, ‘Phillip K Smith III,’ might ring a bell.
Phillip is an artist based in the Coachella Valley (by way of Indio) who we have been a fan of for years. We first caught interest through his public art pieces and from there stumbled upon his sculpture work, works on paper…and are now fascinated with his LED Lightings (and beyond).
Every year Phillip pumps out more work, better work and travels further with it. Because of his journey and his return to the Coachella Valley to work and live as a full-time artist, he is someone that we feel a lot of younger desert artists could look up to, especially those interested in installation, architecture and tech art. Take a look at his current projects below to see why:
PHILLIP K SMITH III
Phillip K Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He continues to push the boundaries and confront the ideas of modernist design. Drawing inspiration from the cold rigidity of the Bauhaus movement, the reductive geometries of minimalism, and the optic sensation of California’s Light and Space movement, Smith III attempts to resolve the complex challenge of finding a natural state of life and spirit within these ideological aesthetic constrictions, the results are deceptively simple and compelling objects that seem to breath and move as you observe and interact with them.
These sculpture pieces are truly stunning. His first Spectrum piece for Royale Projects was copper….but we are REALLY digging this orange!! I really like the geographical feel to these.
Not repetitive at all. ( jk )
Pretty awesome, right?! What I would love to know is what materials is he using??…
COLOR, GEOMETRY & LIGHT
As I mentioned previously, I am a big fan of Phillip K Smith III’s LED Lightings (Aperature, Torus, and Lozenge). Okay, I’ll admit that I am a just big LED fangirl in general, but there are something truly meditative about Phill’s.
This featured video is 3 years old, when “Aperture” was first brought to fruition. 3 years later, Aperture developed into what “Lozenge” is today. This video breaks down where this all began:
I really like where he is going with this project.
In these photos below of his latest works, Lozenge, you can see the gradually changes that have been made: incorporating the multi-colored LEDs, a new pill-shape form and the exquisite way the colors morph (click here to watch his live video of Lozenge).
*Warning: If you start looking at these long enough you really start to trip out!
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