Steam Express and Halts
metal, plastic, found objects 1993
As most of Kurismaa's works, “Steam Express and Halts” (1993) was put together with readymade furniture, pieces from hardware stores, as well as objects he had found laying around: lamp shades, antique hand washing device, dolls, mannequins. The piece speaks of a childhood memory, the posts signifying the two train stops where the artist used to watch trains go by. The sign system used by rail workers must have been puzzling to a little boy, yet these movements and signs later found their way into adulthood appearing in this installation in less cold and analytical form. An angel amusingly placed on top of the train is occasionally immersed in steamy clouds, suggesting that humour and light satire are crucial when dealing with one's own memories of the past.
Shown at Art Basel Unlimited 2018
Photo: Justin Meekel