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WELCOME Sparseland Studios

Artist

Charlie "Blackcat" Smith

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welcome


WELCOME Sparseland Studios

Artist

Charlie "Blackcat" Smith

Welcome and please have a look

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Bio


A lil bit ABOUT

Charlie"Blackcat"Smith

Bio


A lil bit ABOUT

Charlie"Blackcat"Smith

 

Sparseland Studios (Pictured Above) Charlie's West End Atlanta Art Studio

Artist: Charlie “Blackcat” Smith - (BFA  Atlanta College Of Art 1992)

Charlie has held a license for flame effects since 2006

Charlie loves creating dynamic works of art from his dream world.

He has been producing these artistic creations

at Sparseland Studios since July of 1997.

Charlie specializes in one of a kind interactive creations of fine art & functional art.

The artistic creations are made from new, recycled, up cycled materials.

His playful and magical use of these materials bring these iconic creations to life.

Charlie's aesthetic is extremely unique and resonates with the communities

and environments that are created through his work.

 

Exhibitions, Events & Clients

Target Corporation, Target house@ St. Judes Hospital , Micheal Graves and Associates, Melia Design Group, Stang and Newdow,  Johnson Studio,  Radcliffe Bailey,  Burning Man,  Black Rock Art Foundation,  Music Midtown,  Suwanee Hullaween,  Dubal Desert Rock Festival,  DWPresents,  Coachella Music Festival, The LA Arts Festival, The Great Googa Mooga, Bonnaroo, Okeechobee Music festival , The Love Burn,  Transformus,  Mile High Music festival, Bunring Flipside, Toast, Burning Bush,  Critical Massive,  Synergy,  Oakland Fire Arts Festival, Desert Arts Preview,  Eye Drum,  Alchemy,  Euphoria,  Art Out Side,  Atlanta Art on The Belt Line, Electric Picnic Ireland,  Afrika Burns,  Fire in the 4th Ward,  Chattahoochee Nature Preserve, Inform Smallwood & Nickle, Guy Brown, Madison Cultural Arts Center, 

 
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creating the art


CREATING ART

creating the art


CREATING ART

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making it real


MAKING IT REAL!

 

making it real


MAKING IT REAL!

 

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247 time star


24/7 Time Star

   

 

247 time star


24/7 Time Star

   

 

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The 24/7 Time Star

The giant 7 sided star on the Atlanta Beltline at 4th ward park. One of the most recognizable pieces of art on display in Atlanta right now, but… no one really knows who, how, what, or why this piece of art has come to be on the beltline? What is the story behind the piece? We are reaching toward a higher levels or engagement wanting to instigate interaction between building art and those who enjoy the art. Building a gateway of connectivity between the Art the Artist and the Community at large. We also want to educate  communities about what burning man really is and what it means to us as artists and how this Style of art works in the  our real world atmosphere.

 http://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/

Timing is Everything (The 24/7 Time Star), a large-scale interactive artwork created for  Burning man 2012 also know as Black Rock City, Nevada.  The piece proudly stands at The Fourth Ward Activity Field through seed money grants from Art on the Belt line And The Black Rock Arts Organization. It has been placed for a long-term, temporary installation in Atlanta, Georgia, where the sculpture was originally created. The refurbishment and installation of the piece engaged a broad community and was installed by a core team of artists.  It was a grand congregation point during the 2015 belt line lantern parade. That event served as a an opening reception to the piece and an event in which the artist shared the scope of the sculpture and interactivity and the piece was displayed to the community. today it is visited regularly by many the thousands of people and art lovers and has become a city Icon.

The sculpture itself symbolically reflects the seven days of the week, the planetary symbolism of the days, the seven Hindu Chakras, the seven levels of heaven, and the seven virtues in a single tribute to the sun and the enabler of all life on Earth.

Artist Charlie Smith says, “This is a continuation of creating community through the building and installation of interactive art. The grand vision is sharing the artistic process of this project, creating a difference, and enhancing the participants’ viewpoint on the perception of what art can be, and in that change their world!”

24/7 time star stands watch while Atlanta yoga folks congregate at king of pops yoga  4th ward activity field.

24/7 time star stands watch while Atlanta yoga folks congregate at king of pops yoga  4th ward activity field.

24/7 time star burns wild @ Burning Man 2012

24/7 time star burns wild @ Burning Man 2012

2015 lantern parade meet n greet

2015 lantern parade meet n greet

2012 Burning Man project incorporated over 100 people of all walks that came together to make this a realityphoto by xina ocasio

2012 Burning Man project incorporated over 100 people of all walks that came together to make this a realityphoto by xina ocasio

247 time star king of pops yoga 

247 time star king of pops yoga 

247 happenstance - home school science reports meet video shoot meet the artist 

247 happenstance - home school science reports meet video shoot meet the artist 

24/7 Time Star definition:  As the Feminine clock based in "Moon Time" motion, The Masculine "Sun Time" (Time Star) is the documenter of all moments! The dance of time is male and female working together: the moment of conception, the beginning of life's success, fostering and instigating - gestating relationships- creating and developing - tilling the soil - toil of human kind to reproduce - to extend to breed to succeed! To fill this world with art!

The Time Star's teeter-tottering movement symbolizes the tides' push n pull. And the time's a-ticking kids--let's work together to make this thing rock! The motion sets in as the new beginning begins!

As always, this project is a continuation of creating community through art. The inspiration of bringing people together to share their philosophies, visualizations through symbolism, and verbal communication inspires the conceptual quality of the artifacts that are created through incorporating individual talents and ideas.

creating this through the inclusion of the community through the teaching process, and methods of this type of metal fabrication (building big art and fire cauldrons), lends to the interactive essence of the project. Incorporating the individual and group intentions creates the context, interest, and intention that contribute to the overall magic of the sculpture.

In such, the creation of community leads to group ownership and connectivity through mass collaboration. This reinforces the unity of the sub-culture and intentions of our essence here on this crusty fire-ball of a planet.

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Fleeble Flobbler


THE FLEEBLE FLOBBLER IN ACTION !

 

Fleeble Flobbler


THE FLEEBLE FLOBBLER IN ACTION !

 

Artistic Vision of
"The Fleeble Flobbler"

Scale -The 22ft tall steel vessel was created for Burning Man through a seed money grant in 2008 ! Fir The burning man project it was a contained wood burning fire caldron.  Today in 2017 it also has a life as a flame effects machine and has been shown at music and arts fesitvals around the world! The central vessel is a rotund clown figure.  It has eight seats extending from the pivoting basin for participants to ride.  This caldron is safe to be around and is very approachable for the participants of the event.

The enchanted evening of night finds you wandering in the blinky light infested dreamland of the open playa.  
A fire poof here! A fire poof there! Every where a Fire Poof!  You notice a giant cloud of smoke drifting about in the distance. What’s burning?.  As you near you notice a crowd of crazed lunatics riding a giant clown-like children’s toy! The toy towers over the circle of participants spewing smoke and flame from its arms and head.  Your chilled bones warm as you notice the red hot structures’ glow! A few steps back maybe? Hey you with the furry coat, get on! It’s your turn to ride The Fleeble Flobbler! Step right up! Step right up! It’s your chance to ride the childhood dreamer. The chaos prevails as sounds of clanking metal, ringing bells, laughter and spoken reflections mix around a sparking wood fire to bring you back to your inner KID. 

The Fleeble Flobbler, childhood dreamer, is a literal icon of the childlike state of the American ideal. A toy, a ride, a clown, a fun time kind of place laced with fruitful bliss and the essence of an innocence backed by a governing monster. Ride the ride, take the plunge, the illusion is a dream and in this dream the interactive fun time The Fleeble Flobbler rocks around on a teetering eight seated base! It is fueled with the fire energy of the earth and powered by the physical energy of the human being.  The Fleeble Flobbler is created with the intention to rejoice in the simpleton style of the social, economic, and political state we embody on this globe.

As with our past works we created The Fleeble Flobbler in our Atlanta based art studio through a series of workshops.  We used this project to continue sharing the artistic process and technical skills with the community.