CYNTHIA-REEVES presents an exhibition of Steven Siegel’s 35 Pieces, a site-based installation of mixed media panels with an accompanying film of the same title. 35 Pieces is informed by Siegel’s contemplation on the nature and complexion of personal history.
Siegel is an American artist best known for his large, site-specific public sculptures installed throughout the United States and Europe created from recycled materials such as newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Each piece is conceived and built onsite, using indigenous materials and available labor so that it becomes integral to the surrounding landscape. While his art is not about the environment per se, Siegel’s work does reference the environment and its perceived qualities and surroundings. For Siegel, his motivation is an endless fascination with interconnected bio-systems, both overt and invisible. “We are part of this amazing system, this universe that is so far beyond our comprehension. I never run out of inspiration; I feel like I’m plugged into something that’s so big, I can just take as much as I want whenever I need it.” The latest works bring this universal lens down to the specific – installations that are meditations on his personal histories, and that of his family, but nonetheless rely on the detritus of day to day life as his inspiration. These materials have a presence, tactile quality, coloration, and relationship to the rhythms of his life. Their inclusion adds a personal archaeology, an emotional geology, to the work.