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.