Based in Rotterdam in The Netherlands, multi-disciplinary artist Helmut Smits produces intriguing work that flows from sculpture and public installation to design and film. Irrespective of the chosen medium for each piece, what consistently shines through in Smits practice is a contemporary sensibility that both embraces and critiques everyday life. McDonald’s, for example, is a recurring motif that culminates in a satirical obituary for the company’s central mascot. All of those Big Macs were going to get to him eventually.
Utilising detritus and found objects to construct many of his works, Smits also draws attention to themes of consumption, excess and waste. However, he is clearly not one to wallow in modern misanthropy – he has taught me that if life gets you down nothing will lift your spirits like a hand-painted rainbow on your car windscreen. If you like what you see, I highly recommend browsing through the rest of his portfolio.