Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Thank you! December 7, 2011

14 shows. 15 artists. Over 220 works of art. 2 1/2 years. Thank you, Sightline Institute, for a wonderful opportunity to combine three of my passions: art, sustainability, and community. Thank you to all of the artists who showed their amazing work. And thank you to all of you viewers and readers who have expressed appreciation about that work. It’s been a fabulous experience. Stay tuned to see how this Art & Sustainability website evolves.

Becky Brooks
Volunteer Curator for the “Art & Sustainability” series of art shows at Sightline Institute


Photos from Bryan’s show at Sightline September 3, 2009

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Bryan Smith installing his artwork at Sightline Institute.



Three individual cardboard sculptures (“Hoppy” (large) and “You” (two smaller pieces)) installed above the bookcase.


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“Mission Ripe,” found cardboard boxes on hexboard, by Bryan Smith. 46″x36″x2″


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Becky Brooks, curator, and Bryan Smith, artist, after installing Bryan’s show at Sightline.


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Bryan Smith’s artwork hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.


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Bryan Smith’s artwork hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.



The view of the two-paneled “Pop” from the hallway.



“Re-” by Bryan Smith July 10, 2009

Come see what’s growing out of the walls at Sightline…

Cardboard sculpture by Bryan Smith

Detail of "Hoppy" by Bryan Smith

In our second show at Sightline Institute, the work of Seattle artist Bryan Smith is now on display through August 27.

Visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

On view is an unimaginable collection of inlaid and/or sewn cardboard works, both 2-D and 3-D. Bryan says,

I utilize the colors, texture, and text of discarded cardboard to create a body of work reflective of painterly forms. Through the co-option of printed symbols and text found on the cardboard boxes, I fabricate compositions that offer a level of cultural familiarity, while simultaneously placing the viewer in a unique and engaging landscape.

Bryan Smith is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, 2000. He has been in numerous solo and group shows both locally and nationally. His work is in the collections of Microsoft Toronto, Canada; King County; City of Seattle; as well as private collections. He has taught assemblage at Pratt Fine Arts Center and enjoys experimenting with different art forms, including making frame drums and stop motion films. Currently, Bryan lives and works in Seattle.

All works are available for purchase. Contact Bryan directly at bryansmithvis (at) msn (dot) com with sales inquiries.

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Bryan’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.