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    David Thomas Smith’s Anthropocene Series

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    Three Gorges Dam
    Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, People’s Republic of China. 2010-11 © David Thomas Smith

    David Thomas Smith is a Dublin based, Irish artist who created Anthropocene, a series of large kaleidoscope photomontages out of aerial images. The effect is quite spectacular.

    Three Mile Island Generating Station
    Middletown, PA, United States of America 2010-11, © David Thomas Smith

    Says the author:

    Composited from thousands of digital files drawn from aerial views taken from internet satellite images, this work reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess.

    Mall of America
    East Brodway, Bloomington, MN, United States 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    Silicon Valley, CA
    United States of America 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    Thousands of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle.

    Fimiston Open Pit
    Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, Australia, 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    “We are entering an age that might someday be referred to as, say, the Anthropocene.
    After all, it is a geological age of our own making.” – A. Revkin

    Las Norias de Daza
    Almeria, Spain 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    Delta Coal Port
    Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    Questions of photographic and economic realities are further complicated through the formal use of patterns that have their origins in the ancient civilizations of Persia. This work draws upon the patterns and motifs used by Persian rug makers, especially the way Afghani weavers use the rug to record their experiences more literally with vivid images of the war torn land that surrounds them.

    Biosphere 2
    Oracle, AZ, United States of America 2010-11, © David Thomas Smith

    Burj Dubai
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    This collision between the old and the new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility, is part of a strategy to reflect on the global order of things.

    Beijing International Airport, Beijing
    People’s Republic of China, 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

    1000 Chrysler Dr
    Auburn Hills, MI, United States 2009-10, © David Thomas Smith

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