In the region surrounding Joseph Smolinski's childhood home in Minnesota, farms have been displaced by strip malls and suburban housing. Those land use changes and other environmental shifts inform his work as an artist. Working primarily with paint and pencil, Smolinski documents a global environment in flux.
"I am interested in addressing the human effects on the landscape, such as pollution, war and the destructive quest for fossil fuels," he told SF Gate.
Smolinski's works on paper are showing right now as part of the "Invasive Horizon" exhibit at Swarm Gallery in Oakland. The show, which includes an environmental installation by Colin Christy, runs until September 20.