Bronson Smillie, Artist – Montreal

Calgary-born artist Bronson Smillie holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University and currently lives in Montréal. His multidisciplinary practice involves sourcing objects and creating works with materials that no longer fulfill their purpose within late-capitalist modes of consumption. His solo exhibitions include A Place for Everything at april april in Brooklyn, Tempo 85 at Espace Maurice in Montréal, and Forever is Closing in at MoMAPS311 in Ottawa. His work has been in group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and Prague. His current exhibition Almost Begin at Afternoon Projects in Vancouver has been extended until December 16.

  1. Bookwheels

I can’t stop thinking about these 16th Century revolving bookshelves that allowed the user to reference several volumes at the same time, aided by a vertical rotation similar to a water wheel. I think about the act of digital scrolling and how this analog machine effectively replicates that process. I really want to try one.

  1. Denton Welch

Denton Welch was a British author and painter who lived a short life and only wrote a handful of books before he passed away in 1948. I’ve been reading everything from his small body of work. He wrote with such a reverence for objects and his collections, and there are always implicit queer undertones in his descriptions of people and his surroundings. His paintings are also beautiful.

  1. The studio commute

Lately I’ve been attempting to make this trip less anticipatory by reading, sitting in silence, or calling friends/family. It takes about 45 minutes to get to my studio, and I noticed in the past I would just be wishing the trip over, filling time by scrolling or blasting music. Now I’m trying to be intentional about the time and arrive feeling more relaxed and centred.

  1. Cross-written Letters

This was a method of writing letters to save on expensive postage costs in the 19th Century. Text was written first horizontally, and then the page was flipped to write another line of text intersecting perpendicularly with the first. This acknowledgement of scarcity surrounding correspondence and communication on the part of the writer is really fascinating.

  1. Sunlight

It’s winter now, so I get as much as I can!