one pic friday. Michael E. Smith

installation view at S.M.A.K, Gent, June – October 2017
photo credit: MICHAEL E. SMITH, Courtesy KOW Berlin and the artist

Each time I encounter the work of MICHAEL E.SMITH, I have a word that comes to my mind: reenactment. I like to think that MICHAEL E.SMITH is creating sculptures following some sort of transcripts of objects, images and existing artworks. That he is using those transcripts as raw material, as a legitimate source with which to build an abstraction. That is to say that he seems to do his best to reenact the objects or images as closely as possible to their transcript. I want to believe that his final objects are fairly accurate to the existing ones although in a degraded way.  And it is in the exhibition space that the abstract aspect, the narrative and speculations, come into play.

The work of MICHAEL E.SMITH is on view at S.M.A.K in Gent until October 1, 2020.

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