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Shelf; plastic laminated wood shelf, plastic Massimo Giancon "Mr. Cold" soap dispenser, vinyl "Mega Munny," vinyl bull "Where the Wild Things Are" figure, rubber dog chew
Overall: 58.5 x 184.8 x 48.3 cm (23 1/16 x 72 3/4 x 19 in.)
Purchased with funds donated by Scott Mueller 2015.30.a
Many of this artist's works consist of arrangements of mass-produced objects, displayed on shelves of his own design.
How does a seemingly random group of objects—products of society’s wants and needs—relate to each other? Haim Steinbach has been asking this question for several decades through his sculptures comprised of consumer objects he purchased or found and gathered onto shelving. The title of the work has been borrowed from the children’s tale Where the Wild Things Are to which the figure of the bull belongs. Each object has been given human characteristics, calling attention to the personal feelings and attention we invest in inanimate, replaceable things.
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