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Zachary Steinheiser


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Zachary Steinheiser
Steel, wood
14" x 7" x 3"

About the Work
Structures fascinate me, natural and human made alike. Urban architecture is of particular interest. Buildings and infrastructure are taken for granted, but their forms and compositions have a deep history. Raw materials are collected, refined and installed for purposes of habitation and industry. After completion, buildings experience a cycle of life, death and re-birth as the fortunes of cities wax and wane. In my sculpture, I work from the premise that a structure acquires a kind of inanimate soul as it is built, experienced and abandoned. The materials I use to accomplish this are primarily steel, wood, and concrete as they are familiar to a post-industrial urban landscape. In contrast to these heavy, structural materials, I include an element or idea that doesn't quite fit. This is usually something vibrant in color or unrecognizable in form and serves to create a scene imbued with an unknown and undiscoverable history. The intersection between what is structural, familiar, understandable and that which is strange and unknown is where I intend my work to inhabit.

Zachary Steinheiser is a sculptor & blacksmith from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Zachary has worked professionally in monument conservation for the City of New York. He then further developed his metal working practice at Holzman Iron Studio where he served as a fabricator and assistant blacksmith. In 2019, Zachary founded Carriage Creative Company, a design & fabrication studio in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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