"Tommy Smits, who graduated in 2017 from the Royal Academy in The Hague, has a unique visual language and way of working. And in his relative short career has received a cult following."
"Smits primarily works with two media: photography and sculpture. First, he shoots his own portraits and landscapes whenever he travels on his moped through Europe. Second, he collects photos from books and pamphlets found in second hand markets along the way. These images are also used in his work. Mainly constructed out of concrete, the artist’s sculptural work incorporates photo images and objects collected on his past journeys. The sculptures form a collage revealing stories of his travels, monuments representing his journeys."
"Using innovative framing and shaping techniques, Tommy Smits elevates vernacular imagery to a surreal photographic object, somewhere between photography and sculpture. Cast in concrete and solidified as in rock, Smits' creations become altars in memory of these images."
"En coulant des photos dans le béton, Smits prétend avoir inventé le béton-photographique, qu'il désignera sous le nom de «Concrétographie», une méthode de solidification des photographies dans la roche."
"Smits aims to turn contemporary objects and photographs into fossils, his main goal in life is to one day become a fossil himself."
"The works consist of aesthetic, strange, sexy, gross and cute photographs, as well as a poem to uplift the community, perhaps even the whole world!"
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