Stephen Althouse: The Tools

Stephen Althouse, American, born 1948.  Adjustable Wrench, 2003, pigmented digital print.

Stephen Althouse, American, born 1948.  Forks, 2011, pigmented digital print.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - Sun, 05/12/2013
Payne Hurd

A resident of Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, Stephen Althouse developed a passion for Amish artifacts and culture during his childhood in rural Bucks County. This exhibition features photographs of handmade tools called Die Waerkzeichen, in Pennsylvania Dutch—that are attributes of Amish humility and simplicity. In his work, Althouse drapes the tools with shrouds to create cryptic assemblages. Trained as a sculptor, Althouse eventually found his black-and-white photographs of his sculptures to be more powerful than the assemblages themselves, and so he now disassembles the sculptures after he photographs them.  For this exhibition, however, Althouse will include an actual assemblage, so that viewers will be able to see the process of how he transforms inanimate everyday objects into works of art, removing them from their original context and giving them new meaning.