Jene Highstein: Eleven Works
Jene Highstein’s Eleven Works consists of eleven sculptures in stone, wood, and metal created by Jene Highstein over the last twenty years. Influenced by the spare aesthetic of Minimalism, Highstein works in simplified sculptural forms. Yet his sculpture veers from the industrial, ascetic language of Minimalism through evidence of the artist’s hand in the surface and outline of each work. Highstein’s series of sculptures in the park are grouped by medium. Some explore basic sculptural forms through subtle differences in texture and shape as in Iceberg and Tri-Cornered Poplar Casting, both in cast-iron. The nearly identical, black granite Dangerous Objects (Internal) and (External) mirror one other, but have contrasting surface textures: one elegantly smooth, the other tough and rugged. Three quartzite Tornados are funnel-shaped forms with spiraling surfaces and textures. Inspired by the violently rotating, destructive column of air, Double Tornado completes the quartet of work. The totemic Cedar Staircase, at sixteen-feet high, is the largest work on view. Across the lawn, Female Figure recalls ancient fertility objects.