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A PORTRAIT SHOW - but recycled.

Gardenville Station, San Francisco CA

October 4th-6th

Re-Placed is an exhibition showcasing the truth: how we humans choose to treat waste is no different than how we treat our people. 




The artist, David Aaron Smith, lives his life around reclaiming material.  The extreme waste of living a conventional American life forced Aaron into a remote area of Death Valley where he's been working with the byproducts of consumer lifestyle. It's become a daily practice for Aaron to observe how the systems in place facilitating human life dictate the choices you have.  

When the opportunity presented itself to project this personal outlook onto the big stage of San Francisco, Aaron's brain started churning.  What he wants is to create something that is San Francisco, from concept to materials.  

On September 26th, Aaron arrives in San Francisco with a small team to build 10 to 12 life-size assemblage canvases from reclaimed materials from the streets of San Francisco.  Aaron will then take 10-12 San Francisco residents who are dealing with displacement; from those looking for solutions to the housing crisis, to those providing relief, those scrambling for footing, and those managing the material debris that follows displacement.

The result is a multi-media portrait show that tells the story of San Francisco's present.  In another facet, it comments on the way cities build systems for dealing with societal byproducts that are not always empathetic.  

There's an additional dimension of charity to the show.  A portion of the sales will be donated to a non-profit working against displacement of the sitter's choosing.



This is a look at the show's first install.

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  • David Aaron Smith

Artist Life

Updated: Sep 2, 2019

David Aaron Smith is an artist who's dedicated a large portion of his early career to building a multi-acre livable sculpture, called Villa Anita DV, within Southern California's Junk Dada tradition. Other Junk Dada sites speckled throughout the Mojave and Sonoran Desert are similar, but Villa Anita is more dense, giving it the feeling that you're roving through the artist's lost thoughts.

Eschewing the small gallery path to success, Aaron's major career boons have come through making Villa Anita DV an art destination where people leave with large purchases of artwork. He calls it the "reverse-Donald Judd" in reference to how Minimalist artist Donald Judd left New York as an art-world darling to create, in Marfa, TX, a thriving art-based community out of a desert village that was all-but dried up. Aaron's working in the opposite direction, and his work seems to be on opposite ends of the spectrum from Judd; let's call it maximalism.

A view of Smith's livable installation at Villa Anita DV, entitled:"Shipwreck."

But, it's more than just that, Aaron's work is hard to pin to one style. His body of work is held together by free association concepts that employ almost every movement in art history. When walking around the museum he created you get the sense that you're looking at the work of 20 different artists, and this is before you factor in that he also built space you're walking around in. When asked about this, Aaron answers, "I'm an artist, not a painter, or a sculptor, but an artist. My dream is to be able to do city-wide installations. That takes being able to render concepts in your head and produce them in the physical world. I'm getting good practice here."

Aaron's new residency/solo show coming up at Gardenville Station on Oct. 4th-6th will be a new stage for him to show his conception-to-real-world brilliance. The show has all the elements to raise the bar not only for Smith's career, but for the perception of San Francisco as an art city.

He seems ready. The question is: will San Francisco be ready?

To view any of David Aaron Smith's previous work, go to www.davidaaronsmith-art.com

Upcoming Events
Re-Placed (Opening Reception)
Fri, Oct 04
Gardenville Station
Oct 04, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gardenville Station, 1667 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
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For more information about the show and it's mission, please contact Courtney Norris at Curated State.