Sorry about the mismatched image, but the gallery hasn’t gotten their images together yet, and I didn’t take any while I was there. This is an image of his work from last year – also employing those scary black kongs. Click on the image to see its original web source.
In a lucky marriage of two artistsâ€™ artists (who illustrate well Ruschaâ€™s formula for good art: first Huh? Then Wow! Bad art: first Wow! And then Huh?), Haim Steinbach trolls Mike Kelleyâ€™s home for objects to set on his shelves in â€œSpecial Project: Mr. Peanut.â€ Not only is Steinbach in fine form, liberally punctuating the show with super-sized, black â€œKongs,â€ but seeing a selection of objects from Kelleyâ€™s home, office, and studio is immensely gratifying. Lined up almost symmetrically on a smooth black mantel, each porcelain or rubber curiosity is the center of ever-expanding nuance and meaning as the viewerâ€™s eye sizes up its neighbor. The grinning boy sauntering off with his cock slung over his shoulderÂ (â€œMake love, not warâ€) makes the viewer look with entirely different perspective at the plump rabbit in bowler hat.