Rima Schulkind, Say Cheese, 2011. Found objects, steel, and wood, 76 x 24 x 19 in.

Rima Schulkind

Washington, DC

Touchstone Gallery

This exhibition of eight complicated assemblages made from a variety of recycled objects marked a departure from Rima Schulkind’s earlier work. Collectively addressing the fertility of human invention and the wastefulness produced by obsolete technology, each “totem” displays a particular category of technological devices, including those used to manipulate numbers, reproduce images, communicate sound, write words, measure time, and record history. These raw materials are organized into freestanding towers attached to six-foot-tall welded steel armatures with wire and “set-screw O rings.” Each thematic form progresses historically from the bottom up and is crowned with a small electronic device. These tiny computers have already replaced, or are on the way to replacing, dozens of machines and materials used in the past. From cameras to typewriters, clocks to record players, from the abacus to the slide carousel, they are all here…see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.