Haim Steinbach

'Since the late 1970's Steinbach's art has been focused on the selection and arrangement of objects, above all everyday objects. In order to enhance their interplay and resonance, he has been conceiving structures and framing devices for them.

Steinbach presents objects ranging from the natural to the ordinary, the artistic to the ethnographic, giving form to art works that underscore their identities and inherent meanings. Exploring the psychological, aesthetic, cultural and ritualistic aspects of objects as well as their context, Steinbach has radically redefined the status of the object in art.'




Neil Clements

Moat 2009
Marble flour, polyester resin, aluminium.

Bottomless Doubt 2009
Large format polaroid.

XV*** 2009.

Oil on canvas.

iv. The patenting and initial production of Gibson’s “modernistic” guitar series in 1958

is separated by well over a decade from its subsequent adoption by musicians

dramatically different from those to which it was originally marketed.

There is a very particular satisfaction to be gained from watching

the shifting play of context on objects that once aspired to be timelessly modern.

Neil Clements

Do cul de sacs exist in Los Angeles?

'Daytona Ray' is a colour, a craft, a sweat, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.

Schizophrenic in nature, these pitted oily forms and glittering rainbow surfaces sit sponge like, saturated with competing layers of material histories. Found fragmented objects, bashed and branded by decades of repetitive human use are veiled with flat synthetic films of paint: the by-products of a clinical, dust-less process.

Drawn to the low hum of the warm woodchip wall I can feel the curved edge of the form's nose as my hand gropes to remember the edges of tabletops, piano hoods or carved banisters. These unlikely unisons form moments of perfect equilibrium that rise and fall with each shift of position. The coloured flat plains ring and slice through the arid space supported by corroded metal legs or chunks of clumsy wood that hang and thud.

Why is it I'm being so descriptive, is it the showroom display? The familiar furniture catalogue arrangement? Or is it the inventory of haptic structures? Perhaps I fell the need to reiterate these objects in the form of language out of some inability to ever touch or handle them.

And to think it almost wasn't 'Daytona Ray' at all, it could have been 'Mica' instead.

Derived from the Latin word micare, meaning to glitter, mica is the name for a group of sheet silicate minerals. Human use dates back to pre-historic times, it was known to ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese and Aztec civilisations. Mica has been used throughout the ages for a variety of purposes ranging from the decorative to the functional. The coloured gulal and abeer used by Hindus of North India during Holi festival contain fine crystals of mica, whilst the majestic Padmanabhapuram Palace in Trivandrm sports coloured mica windows. Thibn transparent sheets of mica called 'isinglass' were once used for peepholes in boilers and lanterns because they were more shatter resistant than glass when exposed to extreme temperatures. These peepholes also appeared as 'isinglass curtains' in horse drawn carriages and early 20th century cars.

More recently mica has been used in some brands of toothpaste acting as a mild abrasive to aid the polishing of the tooth surface. Its shimmer is used in make-up to give the skin a translucent glow and it is also important in the production of pearlescent pigments. Metalic car paints contain a substrate of mica coated with another mineral which helps to produce the mechanic's desired reflective surface.

But we settled on 'Daytona Ray'. Another slippage in itself, you actually said Daytona Red; a Vauxhall paint colour, but I misheard you. You didn't correct me for a while, you must have liked the glamour of it. Returning to your work I could see your mind wandering to McCracken , the sun and the boulevard fixed at a point in history captured by these two worlds.

Naomi Pearce.


The first line of the text above is derived from the first paragraph of Cannery Row:

"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses."
- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row


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