STEVE KEISTER ‘USOS: 1978 – 1981′
March 26th, 2015

In the late 1970s and early ’80s, Steve Keister produced a startling series of abstract sculptures, which he displayed overhead in galleries, hanging them by nearly invisible filaments. Aptly called “Unidentified Suspended Objects” (USOs), they consist of flat, geometric wooden elements assembled into angular, planar volumes with their outer surfaces clad in all kinds of inexpensive materials, including rubber, fake fur, leather and colored plastics. He painted their interiors, visible through skewed openings, with fluorescent colors so that they seemed to glow from within. This exhibition presents eight pieces. They hover close to the ceiling like a flock of strange birds or stylish drones.

These works have two distinct and contradictory aspects. Neatly made with tight joints and sharp edges, the basic wooden structures evoke early 20th-century play with purely abstract forms that you see in Cubism and Russian Suprematism…

Ken Johnson in NYT Art and Design

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