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SculptureCenter is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Michael Ross. This will be Ross's first exhibition in New York since 1999. The exhibition will be on view January 8-April 3, 2006 with an opening reception on Sunday, January 8th, 4-6 pm.

Michael Ross makes small, precise wall mounted sculptures out of scraps, unidentifiable hardware and miscellaneous things. In SculptureCenter's ground floor gallery, Ross will present numerous sculptures, each no larger than a few inches. Combining objects that most rarely notice, and often discard, he draws attention to the aesthetics of the ordinary and the unnoticed through very specific compositions of form, color and material. Each piece requires an intimate attention and focus, transforming the spatial perception of the room.

Ralph Rugoff has written of Ross's artworks: "Ross's elegant, self-effacing works indirectly raise the question of the relationship between scale and presence - relative values that can only be intuitively felt, rather than objectively measured. Ross' work takes on the model's capacity to effectively suggest far larger sizes, mischievously confusing one's sense of its physical presence." (Excerpt from "Homeopathic Strategies" catalog essay for "At the Threshold of the Visible" exhibition 1997/1999).

Michael Ross is an artist based in New York. He has presented solo exhibitions and special projects at the Swiss Institute, New York, NY (2002); FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2001); Scott Thatcher Gallery, Long Island City, NY (1999); and Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowki Castel, Warsaw, Poland (1991). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2001); Bricolage?, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France (2000); and Show Up at de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1997).

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Michael Ross