Appearing like a joke are the works of Adam Parker Smith, a new chapter in the game that has for centuries prompted artists to desecrate the symbols of pictorial and sculptural tradition.
The American artist creates his works using different materials and adopting different methods depending on the purpose, alone or involving others in the creations, the subjects of his works are often drawn from his fears, desires, obsessions, crushes and jealousies.
One of the most interesting works among those signed by Adam Parker Smith is precisely the series in which the artist “encloses” in 1 cubic meter of Carrara marble some of the most famous statues in the history of art. The sense is to see the best of classical art scrapped like an old machine, reduced to nothing more than a piece of junk, without majesty, height and elegance typical of these works.
The technique by which he was able to replicate exactly the details of Hellenic and Baroque statues was the result of work in which the digital research team of museums such as the Uffizi also participated. In fact, 3D modeling programs helped the artist reduce the works without alternating their proportions.
For his sculptures Smith then involved carvers and robots, twisting not only in concept the meaning of artwork as a product of human ingenuity.
Among the most famous works in the history of art Smith chose the Apollo del Belvedere , Cupid Triumphant, Bernini’s David and Augustus of Prima Porta, among others, for a tribute that has substance and stylistic humor.