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Michael E. Smith at S.M.A.K.
On view through October 1, 2017

Photos Dirk Pauwels

Eleven sculptural works / installations of Michael E. Smith currently on view at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) / Society for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium.

Smith (1977, Detroit, USA) assembles and manipulates this found materials, cast-offs, waste and other residues of our consumer society in unusual ways. 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.

Currently on view through October 1 at S.M.A.K.

More information on the exhibit: smak.be

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Michael E. Smith at S.M.A.K.
On view through October 1, 2017

Photos Dirk Pauwels

Eleven sculptural works / installations of Michael E. Smith currently on view at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) / Society for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium.

Smith (1977, Detroit, USA) assembles and manipulates this found materials, cast-offs, waste and other residues of our consumer society in unusual ways. 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.

Currently on view through October 1 at S.M.A.K.

More information on the exhibit: smak.be