Galen Odell-Smedley (b. 1988, Berkeley, CA) asserts a craft ethos in his multit-headed practice. Slow, considered processes reflect a desire for material intimacy. His sculptural systems, speculative objects, installations, and performative exchanges envision platforms for unlikely ways of knowing. His inquiries are directed efforts to teach, to imagine how we might collectively shift inertias, to invent tools that pose and solve problems.
Galen Odell-Smedley holds a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Skidmore College and is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His recent awards include the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, the John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarship, and the Saratoga Arts Council Community Arts Grant. He has exhibited at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Hyde Park Art Center, Tang Teaching Museum, (e)merge Fair, Schacht Gallery, Cooley Gallery, Schick Gallery, SACI Gallery, Buttondown Gallery, and House of Creative Soul, among others.
Galen currently lives and works in Chicago and upstate New York.
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