Faculty member Steve Smith Exhibited "The Weather and A Place to Live"
Steven B. Smith is a photographer whose work chronicles the transition of the dramatic and formidable Western landscape into a kind of tamed and caged suburbia. The photographs depict what has become derisively referred to as suburban sprawl, but they also reveal Smith’s conflicted feelings about development in the West in general. Many are simultaneously funny and bleak, the byproduct perhaps of a native’s (Smith was born and raised in Utah) affection for and identification with the area. How the people who dwell in these spaces make use of them and incorporate them into their habitats is Smith’s singular preoccupation.