May 13–June 12

Matt Steinke

Matt Steinke‘s second solo show at Northern-Southern: modular kinetic and musical sculpture and new music.

Un•verb examines the implausibility of stillness through sculptures issuing sound. The exhibition features a gallery of robotic musical objects chanting and chatting with each other in an aspirational din. They attempt to attain health, wholeness, and calm, referencing still life painting, noise pollution, self-help literature, consumer culture, and guided meditation.

Matt Steinke’s work is—in turns and all-at-once—music, robotics, sculpture, animation, instrument building, puppetry, and computer programing. Steinke gives objects voice and identity. Mechanical sound sculptures mimic the behaviors and personalities of animals, people, plants, and machines. The objects discourse, chant, and interact in group ruminations on consumerism, morality, transcendence, ecology, health, and neurodiversity.