Adam Parker Smith: David

Location: SLOMA Public Art Platform
Exhibition dates: April 2023 to April 2024

On April 15, 2023, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) in partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo will unveil David, a sculpture by Adam Parker Smith, on the Museum’s lawn in downtown San Luis Obispo. The sculpture is the newest public art piece brought to the community by San Luis Obispo’s Public Art Program and replaces Camille Hoffman’s installation Storied Waters: Dreams of Banyanihan.

“The City knows that public art brings our community’s public spaces to life, helping make San Luis Obispo a place where people want to live, work and visit and providing everyone with the opportunity to experience different mediums and different artists,” said San Luis Obispo Mayor Erica A. Stewart. “We are proud to partner with SLOMA to bring new public art pieces like this one. Parker Smith’s work challenges the norm with beauty and strength.”

Adam Parker Smith’s sculpture features the familiar subject of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 17th century sculpture of David, but here compressed into a cube the size of one cubic meter. Parker Smith is known for creating works that are often irreverent and funny, and with this work, he plays with the iconic form of classical sculpture, giving it a modern twist.

Parker Smith works across various mediums, including sculpture, video, assemblage, and collage, and is known for his contemporary takes on ancient forms. David comes out of a recent series called Crush where the artist turned iconic classical sculptures on their head. Working with a team of master carvers, Parker Smith recreated the sculpture of David using a 3D modeling program, and then compressed it into a compact cube, carved out of a Carrara marble block. The resulting work is at once familiar and distinctly unexpected.

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