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.
Cool Hunting Feature Alfred Steiner’s “Likelihood of Confusion” (November 1, 2014)
Opening Photos: ‘Qualia’ and ‘Likelihood of Confusion’ (October 17, 2014)
Studio Visit with Alfred Steiner (May 14, 2014)
Inaugural Group Show at the New Gallery! (March 27, 2013)
Summer Group Exhibition Opening Photos (August 7, 2012)