Michael E. Smith
Exhibition, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium.
Michael E. Smith is a Detroit-based sculptor who uses household objects, cadavers, advertising clips, and derivatives of our consumer society in his work. His videos are usually based on found footage. The artist assembles and manipulates this material in an unusual way: he isolates objects, makes changes to their form, and seeks out the limits of their imaginative power.
Smith’s predilection for the absurd and for an indefinable tension ensue from a broader critical view of the ecological and economic challenges facing our society. His work seems to avoid any form of sublimation and takes in the existing architecture and its fringes by means of an intensive process of installation.