Michael E. Smith’s sculptures rot, at least in spirit. The Detroit-born and based artist’s work reflects on post-industrial, post-urban detritus.
Smith’s sculptures often employ clothing or other fabric-based used materials as readymades, which are subsequently altered to further emphasize the already overwhelming sense of decay. Untitled, 2011 an assemblage of pillowcase, recycling bag, debris, and seeds, sits conspicuously on the floor (as is typical for Smith’s work), communicating a precariousness in its state, constantly in flux between crippled beauty and disgust. (sugarhigh)