The sculptures of the American Michael E. Smith are made from objects that can be found on the street or at the dump—household items, dead animals, or organic materials. Plastic objects, hoses, basketballs, or articles of clothing are combined to a veritably alchemical effect. Smith’s assemblages, sculptures, and images are produced from a pared-down collection of materials that suggest our fundamental need for nourishment, warmth, and physical protection or facilitate the technical routines of everyday life.
Smith circumvents conventional modes of presentation by employing spherical installations that are imposed upon a given space. Objects are placed in corners or are arranged in random or seemingly incidental places. This can mean that works are initially overlooked or not perceived as works of art.
At the Kunstverein Hannover, Smith will inhabit and work within the space, in order to respond to the given setting and gradually reduce what he has brought with him down to the bare essentials!
There willl be a catalogue released in cooperation with de Appel, Amsterdam