Bruno Smoky | Bird Eye
* 27" x 32"
* Reclaimed wood and plastic. Spray and acrylic paint.
Series: Do Lixo ao Luxo (From Garbage to Luxury)
Bruno Smoky collected bits and pieces of old or useless objects for several years that culminated into the creation of his latest multimedia series called Do Lixo ao Luxo (translated to “From Garbage to Luxury”). His need to reuse materials and make use of them in an artistic way stems from watching and learning from his father’s creativity, as he always gave an opportunity for different discarded objects to shine again.
One of Smoky’s favorite parts of creating this series was finding different ways to put them together like puzzles, finding how they fit together to form a new and unique object. In some parts of the newly created pieces, he leaves the raw original colours and textures appearing from each object, and also adds paint to unify the new object as a whole. Look a bit closer and you can start identifying some of the shapes and textures of the repurposed objects.
This piece is part of our exhibition Sembrando, the first exhibition of Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack (Clandestinos Arts) in Toronto. The Clandestinos duo came together for a culmination of their collaborative mastery and 10-year anniversary since their first show together as an art powerhouse collective. Including exclusive and never shown works, Sembrando is a rare opportunity for the artists’ uncensored expressive liberation outside public and commissioned artworks.
Sembrando in Spanish, translates to ‘sowing’, a free-hand scattering of seeds into the earth with the intent to germinate. Following this metaphor for growth, both artists blossomed forth from South American soil and continue to bring many of their foundational Latinx cultural attitudes into each art piece. A strong emphasis is placed on the consecration of nature and fostering a greater familial identity shared amongst all people, a universal culture mix or ‘mestizaje’. The artworks presented in Sembrando speak to the importance of evolution within the artistic process and within life’s journey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack have continued to prosper as a collaborative force, in art, in love and more recently in parenthood to their young daughter Violeta.