Holly Johnson Gallery presents William Steiger: "Inventor" opening reception
Holly Johnson Gallery will present "Inventor," a show of paintings and collages by William Steiger.
"Inventor" speaks to the artist's ongoing fascination with bridges, towers, transportation and machines, many of which came to be during the "Age of Invention." The scrutiny of these, their most precise details, lay the foundation for much of Steiger's work. The title draws from the concept of artist as creator or inventor, as well as from the images present here, one in particular including collage elements found in the diagrams and scientific paperwork of the artist's late grandfather, an engineer and patent holder.
Steiger's devotion to the landscape is woven throughout the show, but oftentimes with an absence of background, focusing solely on the flow of a river or exposing the mechanics of a water tower. Swaths of color or meticulous lines interact to establish form, function becoming secondary to structure. The works are not devoid of nostalgia as many of the images evoke a bygone era, yet there is a distinctly contemporary feel in their minimalism.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through December 21.