Touchstone by P. Roch Smith

9.75 × 7 × 10 inches
24.77 × 17.78 × 25.4 cm
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A single transformed "tree man" strides forward, branched limbs swinging in this playful bronze sculpture by P. Roch Smith. Enigmatically titled Touchstone, the standard or criterion by which something is judged or recognized, this collectible piece continues Smith's thematic intersection of play, reality and myth. "Using toys as a foundation material is a natural fit that I have gravitated toward as a means of speaking to my concerns. Toys have always fascinated me – how they function and how their meanings can be ‘read’. For such simple objects toys inhabit a complex space – a space that might not be exclusive to issues of socialization, aggression, domesticity, violence, gender and cooperation. GI Joe, the quintessential embodiment of the male identity, has served as a material and theoretical thread for many of my investigations. " - P. Roch Smith Smith received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). He has taught at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. Smith currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. He has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US and his work is included in private, corporate and museum collections in British Columbia, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

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