New London, CT
Artist and New London native David Smalley, who passed away in 2015, pioneered the use of computer technology as a tool for creating sculpture, and founded the Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, where he taught studio art for more than three decades.
Working in steel, aluminum, bronze and other media, his sculptures incorporate a range of styles, and have been featured in more than 50 solo shows in the United States, England and Japan. Smalley typically worked in series, and the show is organized accordingly: kinetic works in stainless steel, which reflect and engage their environment; bent wood pieces, also kinetic, which reference more natural materials and contexts; experiments in 3D printing that produce dystopic industrial landscapes enclosed in bell jars; a somber series of bronze shipwrecks; and finally a mesmerizing “Spartina” series, inspired by the graceful movements of wetland grasses.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.