Friday, April 01, 2011

Malcolm Mobutu Smith

We recently had the pleasure to sit down and talk with artist Malcolm Mobutu Smith while installing his show, Inner City Inspiration, at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. It's an excellent show and much worth getting out there and taking a look.

From the press release:
Inner City Inspirations: An Artist’s Evolution in Clay features the work of Malcolm Mobutu SmithCurated by Mark Ruschman, the exhibition provides an in-depth visual explanation of how Smith’s roots in the hip-hop and graffiti worlds inspired and informed his development as an educator and artist. The show will include a full-scale graffiti mural in collaboration with local graffiti writers FAB Crew, setting a visual stage for a broad sampling of three-dimensional ceramic vessels and sculptures, traversing his career as a contemporary ceramic artist.

Community partnerships include IPS School #2, Center for Inquiry grade school, located 725 N. New Jersey Street in downtown Indianapolis. Working with the art teacher, Ms. Daphne Draa, and the school’s 5th and 6th grade art club, Smith enlisted the students in the creation of the graffiti mural which will be included in the exhibition.
Malcolm Mobutu Smith is associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University receiving his BFA in ceramics in 1994.

2 Responses to “Malcolm Mobutu Smith”

Anonymous said...
May 9, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Dis shit aint graffiti dude. Dis shit is aerosol art. Get yo facts straight. That aint tha streets. its some bitches painting in a comfortable ass enviorment on so fukin plywood. You TOY man. all youz some TOYs.,

Anonymous said...
July 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM

This derived from the streets and actually amounted to something. You're just pissed Malcolm grew up in the streets and stayed educated. He went beyond you and further than you will ever be. You Toy man, You sum fake, hardcore, dumbass dude that is pissed because Malcolm opened an avenue of displaying his graff in a gallery with sick ceramic vessels that you wouldn't even understand the meaning of.

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