Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Diggin' this artist at the moment - mainly thematically, he explores some really interesting concepts about the status of objects in art and presenting them without hierarchical value.
For the past 30 years, Haim Steinbach has been exploring the theme of the shelf, that humble device used for the display of objects. Like a contemporary archaeologist, he uses shelves to present things taken from daily life. His works underline the aesthetic aspects of the objects, somehow highlighting each element’s erotic value. The artist’s decision to display similar items side by side, arranged according to the objects’ social or cultural connotations, is intended to provoke what Steinbach terms “psychological anxiety” and to question the nature of contemporary fetishes. Steinbach’s works are designed for specific exhibition spaces, sometimes responding to existing signs and sometimes contradicting the site with a kind of visual interference.