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Kenneth Steinbach
updated: 10/19/2011
website: kennethsteinbach.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Memoria Animus:  Iskwasum
Memoria Animus:  Leaf Rapids
Memoria Animus:  Blind Bay
Memoria Animus:  Burntside Lake
Memoria Animus:  Lac Croix
Memoria Animus:  Lake Vermillion
Memoria Animus:  Moes Island
Memoria Animus:  Red Lake
Scape
Scape (detail)
Memoria Animus: Stormy Lake Towards Kawashegamuk
Taj
Memoria Animus:  Turnbull
Memoria Animus:  Tramping
Memoria Animus:  Wabigoon Islands
 
Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, process, systems, mapping, historical, psychological, memory, meditative
 
 
Memoria Animus:  Iskwasum by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Iskwasum
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
4.75 " x  4 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Leaf Rapids by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Leaf Rapids
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
8 " x  5.5 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Blind Bay by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Blind Bay
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
7.75 " x  4.5 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Burntside Lake by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Burntside Lake
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
10 " x  4 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Lac Croix by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Lac Croix
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
5.75 " x  9.75 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Lake Vermillion by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Lake Vermillion
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
7.75 " x  4 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Moes Island by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Moes Island
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2010
5.5 " x  8 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Red Lake by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Red Lake
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
7.5 " x  16.25 "  x .5 " 
Scape by Kenneth Steinbach
Scape
Drypoint etched eggs with mixed media on painted plaster bases. 31 elements.
2010
Dimensions variable
Scape (detail) by Kenneth Steinbach
Scape (detail)
Drypoint etched eggs with mixed media on painted plaster bases. 31 elements.
2011
Dimensions variable
Memoria Animus: Stormy Lake Towards Kawashegamuk by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Stormy Lake Towards Kawashegamuk
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
7.75 " x  4.75 "  x .5 " 
Taj by Kenneth Steinbach
Taj
Carved antler with fingernail polish
2009
14 " x  38 "  x 22 " 
Memoria Animus:  Turnbull by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Turnbull
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
5.5 " x  9 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Tramping by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Tramping
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
9 " x  8 "  x .5 " 
Memoria Animus:  Wabigoon Islands by Kenneth Steinbach
Memoria Animus: Wabigoon Islands
Scrimshaw on used piano key elephant ivory
2011
5.25 " x  4 "  x .5 " 

Artist Statement

The drawings in the Memoria Animus series are based on locations in Ontario, Minnesota and Manitoba.  The works are maps of those locations drawn entirely from memory. The Memoria Animus series are rendered on salvaged piano key elephant ivory, with the traditional techniques and materials of scrimshaw, a method of drawing images on ivory or whale tooth that was practiced on ships from about 1650 to 1900. While detailed contour and satellite views of the drawn locations are easily accessible with a Google search, they are not referenced in the creation of the works. The maps are rendered faithfully, according to memory. I find the topography in the Memoria Animus works bear little resemblance to the actual terrain seen in Google maps.  In the end I hold these two conflicting maps as simultaneously accurate, each working independently of the other.

The images in the work Scape are reproductions of images taken by the Pathfinder and Sojourner spacecrafts and transmitted from the Martian surface.

Artist Bio / CV

Kenneth Steinbach is a Minneapolis based artist who has exhibited widely in the Midwest over the last twenty years, including more than 25 solo exhibits. His work has been shown at the Phil Slein Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as exhibits in California, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Ontario.  He is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and two University grants in direct support of his work, and is represented in more than 50 other individual and institutional collections.  Kenneth graduated from Cranbrook Art Academy of Art and is a Professor of Art at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is represented by Circa Gallery and is a member of Form + Content Galley, both in Minneapolis.

 

A full CV is available for viewing at kennethsteinbach.com.