Dan Steinhilber’s sculptures are comprised of everyday consumer objects – plastic spoons, wire hangers, paper cups, take out containers, even chewing gum – drawing attention to the signifiers of the new industrial complex of consumption. In using such materials, Steinhilber does not attempt to alter the object, but rather present it within an accumulated state, creating monumental sculptures that reveal the serene beauty in the mundane. Steinhilber is ingenious in his use of the material’s surface, shape, pigment, and texture – allowing each of his sculptures to function more as three-dimensional paintings. Steinhilber exhibition will include a site-specific work along with objects created over the past three years.
Dan Steinhilber lives and works in Washington, D.C. This exhibition marks his debut at the Contemporary Arts Museum. Perspectives 150: Dan Steinhilber is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver and will be accompanied by a Perspectives-format catalogue with an essay by Cassel Oliver, reproductions of exhibited work, and documentation on the artist’s career.