Kurt Steger, ‘Urban Structure #11’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Kurt Steger, ‘Urban Structure #11’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Kurt Steger, ‘Urban Structure #11’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Kurt Steger, ‘Urban Structure #11’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

I have always been interested in the natural world and its interrelationship with the human psyche. My concern began at a young age, when I saw the “Crying Indian” commercial on TV, which warned against pollution and environmental loss. It touched me deeply, and my creative work is an expression of an ongoing concern for our planet.

My sculptures are constructed using traditional materials such as wood, paper, concrete, and steel. I often incorporate impermanent elements - ice, fire, erosion, and gravity - which leave their mark and allude to the passage of time. The stain left by the fugitive materials refers to the destruction of nature, and the devastating imprint that humans have imposed on the environment.

I was trained as a carpenter and woodworker. I value the beauty of craftsmanship, as well as the importance of ritual, and bring both elements into my work. Beyond the physicality of the object that I create, there are the invisible agents that speak to the heart. Working by hand, I combine knowledge and intuition, bridging the gap between mind and heart. My work addresses our need to reconnect with nature in order to heal the primal wounds of the human psyche.

Public Art Commissions

2010 The Elders, Public Commission Traffic Circle, Grass Valley, CA
2008 Emergence, Public Commission Reichmuth Park, Sacramento, CA
2006 Reflections, Public Commission Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento, CA

Selected Exhibitions

2016
RECLAIMED: a solo show, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY
FLUX Art Fair, with ODETTA Gallery, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, NY (April-May)
Solo show at ODETTA Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (July)

2015
Structures: a group show curated by Keith Schweitzer, Manny Cantor Center, NY, NY

2014
Lodge, City Drift, Portland, ME
Lodge, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Aftermath, Artifact, New York, NY
Sculpture and Recent Works, Les Yeux de Monde, Charlottesville, VA

2011
Burden Boat Project, Smithsonian Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Silent Nature, Olin Hall, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

2010
From the Forest Floor, Selden Gallery, Norfolk, VA

2009
Primal States and Portals, Perspectives Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Burden Boat Project, Perspectives Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2008
Mixed Response SDFA Gallery at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Floyd, VA

2006
Confluence of Form, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
Resurface, Quicksilver Mine Company, Forestville, CA

2005
Rise & Fall, Site-specific installation, Gallery 131, Grass Valley, CA
(R)evolution, Gallery 555, Oakland Museum of California at City Center, Oakland, CA

2003
Wingspan, Site-specific work, Foresight Foundation, Haines Gallery, Nevada City, CA

2002
Weight of Time, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA

2001
Mixed Media Sculpture, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA

1999
Sculpture, Sagato Garo Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1998
Mixed Mediums, Northern California Center of the Arts, Grass Valley, CA

1997
Walking Stick Project, Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA
Zen At Hand, The Artful Eye, Healdsburg, CA

1996
Water and Wood, The Quicksilver Mine Company, Sebastopol, CA
Ancestral Witness, Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma, CA

1995
Altars To The Earth, Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, CA

Hyperallergic, "Conjuring a Piece of the Earth By Its Outline", Susan Silas LINK
Review: ObjectSubjectMatters (art blog), Kurt Steger: Reclaimed LINK
The New Criterion LINK
Droste Effect LINK
Review: "A Genuine Urge to Behold: 'Meltdown' by Kurt Steger", Etty Yaniv, Arts in Bushwick LINK
911 Interview of Burden Boat Ceremony at The Smithsonian. Video, 2011 LINK
Interview "Silent Nature" at Roanoke College solo exhibition. Video, 2011 VIDEO
Grass Valley Traffic Circle Sculpture. Video 2010 LINK
Burden Boat Project at Virginia Tech. Video 2009 LINK
Sacramento Bee, June 2003 PDF
Artweek, March 2001 PDF
artMuse, February 2001 PDF
Sonoma County Independent, July 1997 PDF

About Kurt Steger

American, b. 1960, based in New York, NY, United States