"You know what chi is? It's life force," says steel worker Jefferson Mack in Restoration Hardware's 616-page 2011 source book. "My challenge is how do I get as much chi as possible into the material?" Artist Zak Kitnick quotes Mack in the press release for "Steel Life," the show he curated at Michael Benevento gallery. The show includes only work made of steel some that references industrial history, some that revels in steel's more ornamental uses. Charlotte Posenenske's square tube reaches from floor to ceiling like a chimney to nowhere. The steel chair Wade Guyton bent and re-formed is now a gangly, shiny abstraction probably brimming with chi. 7578 Sunset Blvd.; through July 30. (323) 874-6400, beneventolosangeles.com.
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