new-york

Steve Keister

Bill Maynes Gallery

“Interstitial Archaeology,” Steve Keister’s first solo show in New York since 1988, consisted of five exceptionally thoughtful sculptures, all of which sprang from either positive or negative casts of Styrofoam packaging. They also alluded in some way to Meso-American architecture of the pre-Colombian periods, and were installed, in a nod to the bas-reliefs and temple icons of those civilizations, so as to interact with the physical structure of the gallery.

A positive cast in green polyester resin of the packaging for a camcorder, Xochipilli, 1996, was affixed to the gallery wall with wooden plugs attached to the voids designed to encase the camera’s parts. As with most of the show’s pieces, this work’s immediate appeal lay in its estrangement ofthe familiar. As strategy, however, this is as commonplace now as the quotidian objects it frames, and it took Keister’s focus on packaging to

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