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Big with Rift

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Under Cottonwood Salina

Under Cottonwood Salina

Let’s fan out Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2011

Big, With Rift 2009 DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln

Big, With Rift 2009 DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln

Bridge 2 2009 Arte Sella

Bridge 2 2009 Arte Sella

This One is Flat 2008 Mirabel, Canada

Like a rock, from a tree? 2008 Gong-ju, Kore

Stories of Katrina 2004 Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, CA paper

To See Jennie Smile 2006 North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

To See Jennie Smile (in progress) 2006 North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Oak 2004 Gong-Ju, Korea

Scale 2002 Abington Arts Center Jenkinstown

A Fox lives here too 2001 Poet’s Walk Red Hook, NY

Squeeze 1997 TICKON Denmark

New Geology #2 1992 Milan

Big with Rift

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Steven Siegel
stevensiegel.net

“Paper is a big peaceful installation made of overprints of newspapers set amongst an Australian native landscape.

Steven’s idea of nature isn’t quite natural. His landscapes are altered not only by human presence but also by the messes and materials we organise around us. In the same way that a burial disturbs the earth around it, Steven’s works aren’t a neutral part of the landscape, but a flat and plumb reminder of our own desire to be upright.

Two of his recurring themes have been the layering of flat materials – newspaper, shredded rubber, stones and grasses – as well as an interest in containers – the complex and capsulated forms that gave rise to early organisms. These are currently culminating in longer-form works that re-visit earlier materials. The resulting works conjure a mythic place and therefore echo prehistoric time.

Since the early 1990s, Steven has been experimenting with newspaper structures in a series of works exploring the idea of a New Geology – referencing the reshuffling of the earth intermixed with human refuse.”
(Text: stevensiegel.net)


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Published on 10/07/2014

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