Our New Relationship With Social Media
Haley Lynn Smith
November 22nd to January 1st, Madison Art Cinemas
Opening Reception November 29th
“My art seeks to reveal man’s compulsive tendencies through an exploration of our often volatile relationship to technological advances, specifically social media. My goal is to produce an environment, which urges the viewer to question the nature of connectivity. My hope is that after viewing my sculptures one will leave with a new perspective on Our New Relationship.” - Haley Lynn Smith
Stonington artist, Haley Lynn Smith, will be exhibiting selected work from her series on social media. Primarily working in three dimensions she chooses not to limit herself to any one medium, instead embracing the strongest material which fits her concept. Haley recently graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Dual Baccalaureate: B.S in Art History B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture and Ceramics.
Recently Haley has been exploring the use of video in her artwork: documenting its “metamorphosis”. Creating sculptures that deteriorate or specific environments that change over time.
Our New Relationship explores our affiliation with social networks, specifically Facebook. In January 2012 she developed 100 three dimensional 16”x”16” plaster Facebook icons, and asked participants to “interact with Facebook on a physical level rather than the virtual level we deal with Facebook on a daily basis.” She coaxed participants to extoll their feelings about Facebook, respond to personal instances, or simply take out their frustration by smashing Facebook with a sledgehammer. Throughout this process, Haley videotaped each participant interacting with her icons, which after editing, turned into a twenty three hour film.
Exhibited on display will be a fifteen minute excerpt of Haley’s interactive Facebook installation, and a number of photos from her primary exhibition.