Steven Pippin

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Steven Pippin
Steven John Pippin

1960 (age 61–62)
Known forSculpture
MovementYoung British Artists

Steven Pippin (born 1960 at Redhill, Surrey) is an English artist. Pippin works with converted or improvised photographic equipment and kinetic sculptures.

Early life and education[edit]

Pippin's work shows a strong interest in the mechanical, which he has said stems from an early childhood memory of seeing his father surrounded by the wires and tubes of a television set he was repairing.[1]

Artistic career[edit]

Pippin's early work was based on converting furniture and everyday objects into makeshift pinhole cameras which he then used to take sympathetic photographs. Sympathetic photography, as seen through photographer Allan Sekula (1951-2013), is "ethico-political orientation of sensitivity, receptivity, or exposure to bodily vulnerability and suffering".[2]

His work often involves a significant amount of planning to overcome the practical problems posed by the chosen object. Pippin typically has to plan and construct a significant amount of supporting equipment in order to achieve his pictures. Frequently the resulting photographs are distorted or otherwise compromised by the manner of their construction, but the imperfections are seen as an important characteristic of the image, giving a link back to the object which was used as a camera. The photographs are always shown alongside an image of the converted object, and for later works, much of the actual equipment used in the conversion along with supporting documentation.[3]

In 1999, Pippin was short listed for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in London. His entry was based on his artwork Laundromat Locomotion,[4] in which he converted a row of 12 washing machines in a laundromat into a series of cameras triggered by trip wires, and then rode a horse through the laundromat to recreate Eadweard Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion (1878). Laundromat Locomotion was showcased in the New Work exhibition hosted by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1998.[5]

Pippin's more recent[when?] work also includes kinetic sculptures, works in which movement is perceivable by the viewer.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Steven Pippin". ARTPIL. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  2. ^ Young, Benjamin (2018). "Sympathetic Materialism: Allan Sekula's Photo-Works, 1971–2000" (PDF). Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  3. ^ "AstroCloud | Φrbit° sφaceφlace :: art in the age øf Φrbitizatiøn". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ Pippin, Steven John; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1998). Laundromat locomotion : Mr. Pippin : [on the occasion of the Exhibition Laundromat Locomotion]. [Amsterdam ; Dresden]: Verlag der Kunst. ISBN 90-5705-094-3.
  5. ^ "Steven Pippin: Laundromat/Locomotion · SFMOMA". Retrieved 12 December 2019.

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