Steven Brower

New York

Lombard/Freid Gallery

Steven Brower, Steam Plant (Boiler and Steam Engine), 1999. Aluminum, brass, copper, and steel, 16.5 x 4.5 x 11 in. and 6.25 x 15 x 15 in.

The information kiosk at the entrance to the Lombard/Freid Gallery is the tip-off. Innocuous ads for machinery, a business card or two, those ubiquitous handmade “for sale” posters, a brochure for the North American Model Engineers Exposition and a booklet (which doubles as the catalogue) hanging from a chain place us at an anonymous rest stop on the road to nowhere. A meticulously crafted homage to the mundane, this wooden booth sets the stage for “Utility,” Steven Brower’s rueful examination of art… Subscribe to Sculpture Magazine to read this review in full.

Steven Brower, Dam and Reservoir, 1999. Plastic, metal, and paint, 12 x 21.75 x 9.5 in.