Michael E. Smith

14 Michael E Smith installation S M A K 2017 photo Dirk Pauwels 2 web

Michael E. Smith makes sculptures out of cast-offs, waste and other residues of our consumer society.

Smith (1977, Detroit, USA) assembles and manipulates this found material in an unusual way. He isolates objects, makes changes to their form and seeks out the limits of their imaginative power. His presentations are characterized by an intense yet sparse choreography of the exhibition space. Accordingly, they manifest themselves as site-responsive artworks exploiting all of the museum’s infrastructure. Smith’s work seems to avoid any form of sublimation. His predilection for the absurd and for an indefinable tension ensue from a broader critical view of the ecological, economic and social challenges facing our society. This exhibition presents new, in situ created work.

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