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View of “Steve Bishop,” 2013. Foreground: Focus, 2013. Background: If Everything has a Place then Place too has a Place VIII, 2013.

Steve Bishop

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View of “Steve Bishop,” 2013. Foreground: Focus, 2013. Background: If Everything has a Place then Place too has a Place VIII, 2013.

The title of Steve Bishop’s exhibition “An Escalator Can Never Break, It Can Only Become Stairs” hints that machines may lead “lives” of their own, which carry on even after the plug has been pulled. And indeed, the works in the show bore out this hypothesis. At the entry, on a temporary L-shaped wall dividing the gallery in two—creating a main exhibition space and a narrow corridor to one side—hung the monochromatic “painting” How Can One Thing in General Be Many Things in Particular?, 2012. This powdered-steel rectangle reproduces with precision the finely textured, nondescript gray surface of an early home computer. The sensation is that this obsolete piece of technology was once a living thing, which here has been skinned, its hide stretched across a picture frame. The exhibition’s titular central sculpture, 2013, is a makeshift table. At one of its corners, a

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