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Necks

Necks, 2014 - Michael E Smith

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about this work

Necks (2014) consists of cut-off (wearable) t-shirt collars and was published on the occasion of his solo exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection, London in 2014. Each edition consists of one cut-off collar, which can be either installed as a wall-work with a single nail, or as small sculptural piece.

about Michael E Smith

The objects, pictures and videos of Michael E. Smith seem like physical reconstructions of emotional disfigurement, by which he counters the ecological and economic disaster of our era with a materialism of basic needs. Frequently working with found objects of an abject nature (crushed plastic containers, tarred bird feathers, deconstructed computer casing, etc.), Smith encourages a confrontation with both their past and present by damaging, embellishing or sometimes simply presenting such objects. In this way, Smith translates the resourcefulness of his upbringing in Detroit in to a practice full of defiant awkwardness, sensitivity and dark humour.

Recent solo exhibitions of Michael E. Smith include Zabludowicz Collection, London; Power Station, Dallas; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Lulu, Mexico City; and de Appel, Amsterdam. His work was also presented in numerous group exhibitions including the MoMA PS1, New York; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Culturgest, Lisbon; CAPC, Bordeaux; and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt. Smith was also in the Whitney Biennial, New York in 2012.

Michael E. Smith is represented by the following galleries;
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KOW, Berlin

Galleria Zero, Milan

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Clifton Benevento, New York

 

 

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