Alfred Steiner

by Tuesday, December 23, 2014



I spent my elementary school years in rural Ohio—in a pile of animal parts. My friend’s dad had a VCR with three tapes one of which was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was my favorite and not just because the fictional events occurred on my birthday. It has a scene where one of the victims stumbles into a room strewn with bones—mostly animal—at once terrifying and rustic in the yellow Texas sun.



Not to be outdone my friend and I discovered a boneyard while roaming a nearby farm and harvested some cow skulls that we cleaned with bleach. There was also a fur dealer who lived nearby just past the creek. In our only encounter I watched him remove a fox’s heart and hand it to me. But even that didn’t prepare me to find a severed eye in my mailbox.



Lowering the mailbox door I found the milky sphere suspended in a jar of formaldehyde. It was from our veterinarian who was indulging my predilection for the anatomical. Pressing my memory for other experiences involving entrails I come up empty. But I remember my friend telling me that his dad had a fourth videotape: Adult Cartoons.




1973   Cincinnati, Ohio

1998   J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
1995   B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Mathematics, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Solo Exhibitions
2013   Contrariwise, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
2012   Bleeding Afro, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013    The Wild Bunch, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Direct Address, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Thanks, Lu Magnus, New York, NY
Nudes, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by The World’s Best Ever)
Art & Law Codex, Independent Curators International, New York, NY (project of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento)
Group Show Vol. 4, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Department of Art Faculty & Alumni Exhibition, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
2012    Season Opener!, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Exhibition 2012, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show 4, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL
The Brucennial, New York, NY
Guilty / (Not) Guilty, Norte Maar, Brooklyn New York (curated by Sarah Schmerler)
Drawn Together, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011    Bitches Brew, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
A Line of Souls and a Few Words from the Holy, Fortress to Solitude, Brooklyn, NY
2010    Day Job, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
36 Hours in Basel, Unternehmen Mitte, Basel, Switzerland
Fruhstuck Kommt, Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, Germany
The Brucennial, New York, NY
2009    Invisible Dog, No Longer Empty, Brooklyn, NY
Spatial Perversions, The New School, New York, NY
2008    It’s Not Easy, Exit Art, New York, NY
Digital With Monument, Silver Shed, New York, NY
2006    The Way of All Flesh, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

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