For our first participation at NADA Miami we present 'Etudes Royales', a solo project by the New-York based artist Michael Ross (1953), existing of 4 autonomous small-scale sculptures alluding to the concept of "King".
For nearly 30 years the artist Michael Ross has created small-scale sculpture employing unexpected combinations of everyday elements and materials. Within the space of a few inches or less, bits, parts, scraps, and fragments of forgotten things resonate within his anti-heroic and poetically enigmatic world. Minuscule amalgamations of overlooked commonplace objects coalesce: thimbles, paperclips, springs, bits of plastic, wire, string, metal pieces from a wide variety of instruments, and every manner of fastener and fixture. Hard and soft pieces of metal are often integrated with ephemeral scraps of foam and lint. His various references include: dust, Zen, Western typography, time, architecture, writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1903), banking/currency, knots, keys, the art of Donald Judd, and the destroyed Buddha of Bamiyan, etc. Ross’s work is not about “miniaturization” - the sculptures, he states, are in fact “actual-size”. Michael Ross’s ongoing objective is to create a universe in the size of an inch. Michael Ross lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Broad Museum MSU, Michigan, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, and Ellis King, Dublin. He has participated in the Kathmandu Triennial, Nepal, as well as Sonsbeek 9 in Arnhem, Holland. Recently, his work has been included at the Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; and the Lever House, New York.