Steven B. Smith

Evergreen, Colorado, 1999 Steven B. Smith's Close to Nature and The Weather and a Place to Live "chronicle the transition of the Western landscape into suburbia." They are studies of the ridiculous ways that man interacts with nature, by turn extraordinarily strange, funny and depressing in their bleakness. The man-meets-nature-and-produces-weirdness thing is not exactly uncommon, but I think Smith has a very keen compositional eye and does not go for the obvious subjects, often focusing in on the more easily overlooked details. A great trip into American suburbia that makes you want to go back for more but to never, ever live there.

His work will be on show at Sasha Wolf in NY in January.