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Brad Smith’s “Greenfield” project featured as cover story on MQR Mixtape

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Pro­fes­sor Brad Smith’s recent project titled Green­field is fea­tured as the Fall Quar­ter, Issue 3 cover story on MQR Mix­tape, the online imprint of Michi­gan Quar­terly Review. With Green­field, Smith reseeded 5,000 sq. ft. of sub­ur­ban lawn with an exper­i­men­tal field of grasses and plants native to the mid­west­ern plains of North Amer­ica. He has sub­se­quently delib­er­ated the culling of non-native, inva­sive, but nat­u­ral­ized species from the evolv­ing meadow vs. allow­ing them to com­pete with the natives insin­u­ated into this ref­or­ma­tion attempt. Part of the project includes pho­tomi­crosopic and macro­scopic doc­u­men­ta­tion of the explanted and vol­un­teer arrivals to the field, to por­tray the array of life striv­ing to make a home in this newly dis­turbed ground.

MQR also fea­tures Smith’s ear­lier work depict­ing human embryos through a wide range of styles, from data to dec­o­ra­tion, includ­ing tech­niques of visu­al­iza­tion, illus­tra­tion, expres­sion, and com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion to con­sider its moral, polit­i­cal, social, reli­gious, and cul­tural sta­tus.

The edi­tor of MQR, Justin Balog, states: The arts are the sci­en­tific inquiry of the self. My goal…was to dis­solve sci­ence and art into their res­olute par­ti­cle,” and fur­ther states, Brad Smith’s micro­scopic and embry­onic art­work daz­zles and haunts in both their final ren­der­ings and in craft.”