Between ticketing and baggage claim at the Portland International Jetport this tourist season, visitors have the chance to get a glimpse of the creativity and artistry for which our city is known.
On view until November 2022, Brian Smith’s MFA ’20 Schooling Fish installation isolates similarities between humans and other creatures while drawing parallels between the way people navigate the concourses and fish move through the local bodies of water.
Smith, a sculptor interested in queer ecology philosophies and the human relation to nature, intends for the work to be and feel specific to Maine by drawing inspiration from the dark blue teal color of the icy surf just beyond the Jetport’s walls. His content translates a yearning to reconnect with the natural world and make sense of it through the language of reflection and awe.
Today, Smith teaches as an adjunct professor at our College. He has exhibited in group shows in Maine, Antwerp, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Montana. He has been written about in the following magazines: The Chart, Floorr, Divide, and Working Artists. Smith has spent time at Hewnoaks Artist Colony and will attend Monson Arts Residency in the fall of 2022.