Codak first touched earth in Sillwater, OK., received misinformation and miseducation in Portland Or., followed family roots from the NW all throughout the mid-west.
Landing currently back on the left-coast in Los Angeles. From a family background in Architecture and Interior Design Adam Smith/Codak developed a fascination with “line”, its quality, ambiguity and emotion. Associated with early experiences doodling his favorite comic book characters, falling off his skateboard and riding the bus, he would find himself drawn to Graffiti and it’s artistic interaction with the urban landscape. Noticing first the Random Symbols of “Zely” a graffiti writer active in the mid-late 80′s in his native Portland. Followed shortly by exposure to “Spray Can Art” and a group or writers from LA who set him on the path that got him where he is today.
Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space & composition in an organic fashion while maintaining a constructed approach with a mixed media base, when working purely abstract or within subject matter. Layers represent the passing of time and emotional context from the lighthearted to sadness. Mixed use of materials add to the works depth and the artists ability to adapt to the confines of different mediums. The process of creating for the artist is a highly personal and transient meditative experience. Quite correctly Codak is either exercising his demons or expressing his joy or contempt through his work. The experience of beginning with no set end in sight is key to the freedom found in the work. Very accurately beginning in the chaos of the unknown and ending in the security of the structured and defined. He employs the subtle use of colr intermixed with line work that has been described as resembling “muscle stretched across bone” as well as “Malevolent Ivy” and creates harmonious clashes with graphic design and street art. Though he is most known and respected in the world of “Street Art,” his work spans across fields, as he pulls from his childhood exposure to architecture, modern art, and interior design, as well as his studies in graphic design without restriction. In this way and others, his work becomes relatable on all levels. In the last several years, amidst his constant evolution as an artist, his ability to incorporate these different influences into a cohesive whole has become more relevant.The Artist’s resume continues to expand as he works with clients like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Bull, NOKIA, The Sanrio Corporation (Hello Kitty), MGAEntertainment, JSLV Apparel, Pepsi Street Motion, Fat Possum Records,DUB Magazine and many others. As well showing his work all over the world from Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, Montreal to Ireland, London and Slovakia.
Cans have been emptied, Paint brushes have been abused, Markers overfilled, pencils broken, Buff paint spilled, Computer screens burned out, hard drives fried……. Still in hot pursuit of progression.