Flying Colorsby Camea Smith | 19.01.18
For the last four decades, Haim Steinbach‘s artistic practice has delved deep into issues of scale, context and space. In his environmental works, installations and murals, the artist has incorporated found and handmade objects into meticulously arranged compositions. Steinbach’s artworks are presented as autonomous microcosms, with objects placed on carefully constructed framing devices – geometric shelves, plinths and boxes displaying his objects of choice. Crafting display apparatuses that bring to mind shop vitrines and household cabinets, Steinbach consistently scrutinizes the ways art objects are exhibited.
Recent works by Steinbach, an Israeli born American artist, are currently on display in Zerubbabel, the artist’s first solo show in his native country. The artworks include two wall paintings, designed in vinyl decal and acrylic paint as enlarged color swatches by Pantone (a company renowned for its color identifying system) in hues of Tutti Frutti pink and cool grey. Handcrafted wood and glass boxes feature tin containers, adorned with color blocks in different Pantone shades. A large wall painting looming over the exhibition space depicts a black silhouette of a lion’s head, superimposed on an ochre yellow surface. The image was drawn from the popular Broadway musical, “The Lion King.” An adjacent box displays a wooden bocce ball, reminiscent of childhood games.
Steinbach’s show was curated by David Neuman, the director of Magasin III, a museum and foundation for contemporary art founded 30 years ago in Stockholm by Robert Weil, a Swedish entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zerubbabel is the inaugural exhibition marking the launch of Magasin III’s new satellite space in Jaffa. Neuman and Karmit Galili, an Israeli curator and the general manager of Magasin III Jaffa, both explained that the site was chosen thanks to its architectural qualities, as well as its location in a diverse neighbourhood in Jaffa.
Steinbach’s works are visible from the gallery’s display windows, which were planned especially so that the exhibitions can be viewed from the outside. The exhibition space is lit up in all hours of day and night, enabling each passerby to survey the artworks, whether the gallery is opened or closed. At night time, the street signs and traffic lights are reflected in the gallery’s windows, merging together elements from the interior and the surrounding cityscape. The opening of the gallery and its debut show (in the presence of the artist) will take place on Saturday, January 20, between 11:00-14:00, at 34 Olei Zion Street, Jaffa. The exhibition will be open until May 19. Opening hours: Thursdays: 14:00-20:00, Fridays: 10:00-14:00.