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Jene Highstein



A form of smoothly troweled, unfinished concrete occupies most of the room. It is compressed between the ceiling and floor, swelling out around its middle.

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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A form of smoothly troweled, unfinished concrete occupies most of the room. It is compressed between the ceiling and floor, swelling out around its middle.

Jene Highstein's Untitled is a permanent installation. It was installed at the Mattress Factory in 1986 and opened to the public in 1988.

Artist Statement

I use a series of irregular curves to make my fabricated sculptures. Since the form is made up of these curves, the sculptures seem to resemble forms found in nature: i.e. from one point of view the work may look like a natural rock form, from another an overgrown vegetable, and from another a surfacing whale. The images shift as the viewers change their point of view. I usually try and make sculptures that maximize these associations, although sometimes it is more powerful to limit them. But these are abstract works, they are not reductions from natural forms.


Permanent Installation
About The Artist

Jene Highstein was born in Baltimore, MD. He attended the University of Chicago and subsequently, the Royal Academy Schools in London and the New York Studio School, earning degrees in philosophy and art. An artist best known for refined post-Minimalist sculptures, he favored monumental forms and was adept in a wide range of mediums, including stone, metal, wood, glass, concrete, and resin. His work is related to Minimalism but is distinctive in its sensuousness and its use of curving lines and organic shapes inspired by nature.

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