The tragicomic tales of this underdog hero are performed by Smith within the parodic context of pop cultural formats: sitcoms, music videos, TV ads, variety and game shows. Smith's cunning lies in turning the media back on itself, in connecting the worlds of art and pop, culture and kitsch, an ironic approach that prompted J. Hoberman of The Village Voice to call him "a lower Manhattan cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Joseph K."
At Ellen de Bruijne Projects Michael Smith will show his video "do it" (or How to Curate your Own Group Exhibition), produced by the Museum in Progress. Also on view the slide show "The Second Annual Finals of the U.S.A. Freestyle Disco Championship". And his latest video work "Famous Quotes From Art History", produced by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In this short video, Smith parodies the sort of cultural and educational programming interlude that one might see on European or American public television. Famous Quotes From Art History presents the bon mots of Henri Matisse as drolly recited, in French, by Smith, who then executes Matisse's suggestions with hilarious literalism.
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