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Mel Smothers current series of work is a return to sculpture invoking climate change and art history. Climate change has become real for him. He was first evacuated from The Florida Keys in 2016 for Hurricane Irma. And last year he was evacuated along 20,000 others in a day, the entire mountain city of South Lake Tahoe in California, when the Caldor Wildfire turned toward them. He combines art history with materials he collects from climatic change events.
He is an American contemporary artist born in the west coast of the USA in 1947. He evolved as an artist in the Pop Art America during the 60's and 70”s, working alongside his contemporary Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud would later become Smothers’ University professor and a forefront figure of the American Pop Art. Smothers is well established in the USA with having held numerous exhibitions, featured in museums and gallery collections, participated in art fairs and art projects. Smothers has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as Brussels, Monaco, Singapore, Berlin. Solo, group, public art commissions in NYC, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco. MFA University of Idaho.
In 2006 he was honored with selection by Cooper-Union to exhibit in the Emerging Artists of the Year Exhibition in New York City.
Mel has a hard to
find studio on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
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