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"When I was 22 years old I found myself pacing the hallucinogenic black & white sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro under a barbaric sun, very much alone, in an almost inexplicable relocation. Having been born and raised in France, then higher educated in the US, my migration to Brazil at the end of 1980s, without knowing a soul in that land, was pure instinct zero rational, a flash, a flight, both hypnosis and awakening. I left the rigor and discipline of my formal education (although I will never lose it) for Brazilian experientialism, immodest and immoderate, ensuring that my life’s work will be forever retracing its inherent Apollonian/Dionysian back and forth. Slipping in at the beginning, I grew up as an artist among my Brazilian peers though my own identity will remain unfixed. Inadvertently, yet befitting, my work began to consolidate around the idea of the movable element. By this I mean any element that is part of a syntactical system, but I also mean it quite literally: the “movable” (meuble, mueble móvel) or furniture. For a decade and a half I have been making work all around the idea of furniture – originally, and always, fascinated by the symmetry of its metonymical relationship to the human form that employs it and to the architectural form that contains it. Since I am working primarily in sculpture and installation, I have been breaking down existing furniture, reformulating and rebuilding it to transform its function and meaning in an evolutionary process that has ultimately spawned a new generation of derivative neo-furniture. My mimetic furniture strives for functionality but naturally falls short. I use these semi-fictional / semi-functional objects to perform a spatial syntax, fitting them together in multiple configurations to construct interior spaces, always betraying psychological intent.The same operations I perform in space I perform in language. From a bird’s eye view, my work seeks the intersection between construction in space and construction in language. Alongside my work in sculpture, I have worked with text in a similar way that I have worked with furniture: by taking existing material and reducing it to fragments that I then reconstruct to produce alternate narratives. Often I cross the two media, by making objects that form words in space or, inversely, by building texts that describe the activation of interior spaces."

Courtney Smith, born 1966 in Paris, studied at Yale University and at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro.
Magazines
Roberto Burle Marx: Landscaping Brazil
Parisian Still Lifes
Cutting Edge
Softer
Ramona Rosales Portraits
Brett Baguette
Pituki
B3 / Wassily
Low Tech
Naturoscopie
Spin it again
The Value Of Worthless
New York by Louis Faurer
Things As They Are
Pryor Console
Material zur elementaren Gestaltung
Le Moigne
バガボンド summer collection
Postcards from Miami
Brasilia, Brazil
Computer Art 1960 - 1970
The Art of Ralph McQarrie
MMATERIAL
Icons of American Design: George Nelson
Deutschland
Supercenter disruptions
The apartment of Pierre Charpin
Paolo Cirio: Overexposed
Architectural Fun Ride
Fresh White
Alessandro Stabile
A Mirror Darkly
Hiroyuki Tanaka
Amir Zaki: Southern California
MERCKX + MAES
Minoru Yamasaki and Jean Baudrillard
Studio Zanini
Geometry Stool
Montmartre
4P1B Milan
Désormeaux/Carrette
Shannon Goff
Artek + Vitra : Micasa, SP
Stars in your eyes
Wooden Cloth
Paul Rand
Mestizio
Islamic Art Now
Japanese Swiss Greek
Jordi López Aguiló
Constructing the sixties
Feeling Good
Ghia Gilda
Klas & Schenk-Mischke
Neutra Furniture
Richard Estes´ New York
Dessislava Dobreva Terzieva: Nature vs. Nurture
Exit Eden
1-Bit Symphony
Trylon and Perisphere
related projects
Vico Magistretti
Franz Kline
Gaetano Pesce: Abstraction is boring
wire s #
Jeff Zimmerman
American Food
Michael Schoner
Inspiration
Brazil Modernism
Heartbeat, Heartseat
This City
The Glass House
Ry Rocklen: Trophy Modern
20th Century Italian Tables
The Oily Actor
Julius Shulman: Visual Drama
Robert Slezak
Poul Hundevad and the Guldhøj chair
BASILE ARTECO "Coquetier" design Paolo Ulian
Jorge Zalszupin and L'Atelier
Raymundo Colares
Jindrich Halabala, United Arts and Crafts
Royère
Bring the outside in: The houses of Joseph Eichler
Sketching: Bellini, Castiglioni, Colombo, Mari, Magistretti, Munari, Ponti, Sottsass
AG Frozoni: We need to aim at essential things
Mass, space, plane and line
Superheroes
Angelo Mangiarotti
Carlo Mollino: Tables and Chairs
Mousarris
Janine Abraham & Dirk Jan Rol
Nouveau Riche
Studio Pousti
Alessio Bassan
Sadamitsu Neil Fujita
Stan Galli
Spacecraft
Mirrors
The Way Of The Light
Ladies and Gentlemen: Point - Counterpoint
Radebaugh and Bohn
Silent Geography
Ankara: From pioneering modernism to revivalist mimicry
FLOW by Lazerian
J1
John James Audubon and the Golden Eagle
Bender Chair