This mixed-media installation is an epic 150′ long mural incorporating materials drawn from our contemporary day to day life – remnants of wire, recycled newspapers, shredded tires, computer parts, and fabrics. From afar, Biography looks like a vast topographical map: cables and hard drives mime cities; black power cords read like highways; spines of newspapers resemble beaches and mountains, and carpet scraps in rich browns and oranges recall aerial views of farms. Siegel uses the detritus of our culture to weave a ravishing, glittering, and glistening visual symphony in all its synthetic, inorganic wonder.
The BIOGRAPHY project has happened in stages over a number of years, due to the complexity of the artwork and the sheer scale of the work. The individual 2’ panels each required weeks of work, based on the collection of recycled/ repurposed materials and the artist’s vision as to how those materials should be best used and sequenced. The nuance of the textural aspect of this work is a testament to Siegel’s sensitivity as he marries the tactile qualities of the work with the subtle variations in color.
The Albany International Airport has a vibrant, on-going public art program, which has focused on regional artists as well as other, international voices in contemporary art. Steven Siegel’s installation is a landmark project for the airport, given its sheer scale and also due to the logistical difficulties around its location.
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