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Necks, 2014 - Michael E Smith

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

°1977, Detroit (US) – lives and works in New Hampshire (US)

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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