New York

Steve Keister

Blum Helman Gallery

A stalemate of contradictory forms is the primary achievement of Steve Keister’s uncommon new sculptures. Within the context of the gallery space these pieces resemble the last of an endangered species, preserved in a formal presentation. Indeed, animal forms are the rough precursors of Keister’s more modified, regimented visions. Keister always combines two specific sculptural elements: spandex armatures stiffened with resin, Bondo, and fiberglass, and the metal frameworks of Bertoia, Eames, or butterfly chairs. Each individual piece represents an isolated moment of structural conflict that parallels the inherent opposition between the industrial and the organic.

Despite the specific limitations of Keister’s approach, the manner in which the artist immortalizes aggressive moments of action is impressive. Keister alludes to a desire for liberation within his more biomorphic spandex forms;

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