Haim Steinbach’s exhibition at White Cube’s Mason’s Yard gallery includes a new series of shelf works as well as a major room-sized installation from 1981.
Haim Steinbach (*1944, IL) created a new, very visually pleasing series of shelf works. All six shelves on display at the ground floor of the White Cube gallery contain surfboard fins in different sizes and colours in juxtaposition with other objects like wooden figures, water filtration balls and Steinbach’s beloved Kongs – a humorously shaped dog toy. Placed on the shelves, the surfboard fins recall those of a shark, a primal fear of surfers and swimmers alike. Apart from the visual appeal of the shelf works, they are defined by the ideas of repetition and spacing as well as the viewer’s relation to the objects, depending on context and culture.
To me, the shelves are definitely the highlight of the show. Even though Display #15 – Design for a Yogurt Bar, a major installation first made in 1981, spanned the entire lower level of the gallery space. The title of the work points to the rise of the frozen yogurt bar during the 1980s.
White Cube Mason’s Yard
On show through 20 January 2018