Steven Siegel Bio

Steven Siegel

years with Cynthia-Reeves: 4
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Public Art Installations Worldwide, Korea, Canada, Italy, Germany and France
Meran, public art installation, Italy, 2015
Permanent Acquisition by the DeCordova, Lincoln, MA
Blackfoot Pathways, public art installation, Lincoln, MT, 2014
Grounds for Sculpture, exhibition, Hamilton, NJ, 2006

There is a dutiful, yet delightful dimension to Siegel’s work. A great task produces a very simple thing. Yet this may be the only clear and dependable equation. Other connections and conclusions are variable and elusive. Generically characterized as big, spare forms of recycled newspapers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, shredded rubber, or other jetsam, there is a serious content to this seemingly unaffected work. Remarkable and robust physical evidence and material accumulations convey a tension of imminent vulnerability and gradual dissolution. There is a puzzling experience of dissonant beauty in these ungainly objects made of disposable, if not unsightly materials. Often mimicking natural forms and processes, the conspicuously artificial work “fits” its environment in a plain, natural manner. – Patricia C. Phillips, art historian and critic, Sculpture Magazine, 2003

Steven Siegel’s works consistently push the boundaries of how we view the detritus of our day-to-day life. His works are created from recycled materials such as newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic bottles, which he recasts into site-based or landform sculptures. Wanting his biodegradable sculptures to have an impact on their surroundings, his works also challenge us to look again at how these discarded elements can be recast into meaningful and documentarian sculptures. Siegel’s work is beautiful. In its inherent beauty, we are pushed to re-visit the recycled papers, the plastic and bits of string, to find within this array of refuse a new coded language of our wasteful culture – in Siegel’s words, “a geological time capsule with its stratifications and layers of visual information.”

Siegel’s ambitious new project, A Puzzle for Alice, will ultimately consist of 160+ panels of historical “data” from his household, in which – due to the marvelous and seemingly spontaneous use of color and texture – the visual information seems to dance across the rows and up the columns of this complicated installation. The installation is so large, it may be impossible to show the entire work in situ; however, the artist has created a photographic montage as an integral part of the overall project, which will be available in the coming months. “I feel this piece is a reflection of how we see the world nowadays—with continuity being broken by lots of bits and bytes”, says Siegel.

Steven Siegel (b. 1953) lives and works in Upstate New York. His public art commissions and site-sculptures include: Blackfoot Pathways, Sculpture in the Wild in Lincoln, MT (2014), Neustadt A.D. Donau, Germany (2014), the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2009), Arte Sella, Italy (2009), and an installation in Meran, Italy. Siegel has exhibited extensively in some of the country’s most highly regarded outdoor museums including; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (2006); Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, (2004, 1998); Stone Quarry Hill Sculpture Park, Casenovia, NY, (1999); Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA (2008), and Motalvo Gallery, Saratoga, CA (2006), among others.