Henry Moore Institute
Michael E. Smith
Michael E. Smith’s sculptures respond to a culture of aggressive consumption and the rapid exhaustion of reserves. Working with found materials, both manufactured and natural, stripped to their bare minimum and reconfigured through juxtaposition or placement, Smith makes constructions that are laden with a sense of foreboding.
Smith’s sculptures exist as accumulated traces of human experience, of want, need and excesses. The installation of his exhibitions is always critical, with existing architecture and light harnessed as something of a pedestal. Responding to the galleries of the Henry Moore Institute, the exhibition – Smith’s first solo presentation in a UK institution – will include new and recent work.
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