1 of 6 images

Kurt Steger
Urban Structures #36

2016

About

Urban Structures addresses the loss that cultures or communities experience from the destruction or demolition of spaces, particularly those with personal or spiritual importance. In recent travels in Tibet, where Steger observed peoples’ homes and places of worship destroyed, provide the impetus for this series. It reflected a similar experience back home, where the artist witnessed the demolition and redevelopment of structures in the ongoing gentrification cycle in Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant. Urban Structures uses this cycle of destruction as a literal foundation; each sculpture features a found piece of Bushwick concrete rubble as a base upon which I design form-fitting abstract shapes. These structures, inspired by his interest in architecture, are each a unique response to their concrete base, designed to balance and contrast with the jagged, uneven shapes and surfaces in the material. Through its reduction to rubble, the concrete begins to imitate the inherent randomness of natural forms. A trace of former function remains, like the curved imprint left from a pipe or an angle that marked the edge of a curb. Each structure is designed as a type of sacred space that honors the memory of its foundation’s past. In most of the works, the structures contain an object or material, such as earth from Tibet, white sage, seeds, or notes composed as prayers. The spiritual aspect of the work remains largely undefined and open to interpretation, not adhering to a specific religious tradition. As with all of Kurt Steger's work, these Urban Structures are designed to provoke contemplation about space, time, community, and man’s responsibilities to and within his environment. Kurt Steger’s sculptures and architectural constructions address the interdependent relationship between man and his environment. His interest in psychology, shamanism, and the healing properties of art and nature are present throughout his work. Steger’s work includes an environmental indoor sculpture for the new Coach flagship store, Coach House, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, NYC (2016), City Hall in Sacramento, California (2005), a public commission to create the traffic circle in Grass Valley, California (2009), and in 2011 he led a healing ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., honoring the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 bombings. Steger lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by ODETTA gallery.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 15 in. x W 5 in. x D 7 in.

    H 38.1 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 17.78 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU17221512903

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2015
Typical response time: 7 hrs
Located in Brooklyn, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Urban Structure No. 29
Kurt Steger
Concrete, Granite, Wood, Found Objects, Pigment
In Kurt Steger's series, Urban Structures, the flat planes of the plywood that are built up to hold the scribed contour of the boulder together create crystalline geometric forms, wh...
Urban Structure No. 32
Kurt Steger
Gesso, Concrete, Wood, Found Objects, Graphite
In Kurt Steger's series, Urban Structures, the flat planes of the plywood that are built up to hold the scribed contour of the boulder together create crystalline geometric forms, wh...
L.A. Structure #2
Kurt Steger
Concrete, Found Objects
ODETTA is pleased to introduce the newest series of sculptures by Kurt Steger. L.A. Structures. The evolution of the Urban Structures series was inspired by a 2017 extended stay on a...
Whose Land? Whose God?
Linda Cunningham
Bronze, Steel, Wire, Concrete, Wood, Pastel, Cotton Canvas, Found Object...
Linda Cunningham’s work is concerned with time, transience and contradictions. She gravitates to architectural and structural remnants of current and previously existing cultures, of...
You May Also Like
Vessel: Pierced III
Sylvia Seventy
Cotton, Handmade Paper, Oil Pastel, Paint, Wood
This mixed media sculpture by Sylvia Seventy, from 1986, is a conceptual work in neutral tones. Materials include handmade paper, Apple Wood, Willow, Paint, Oil Pastel, Wax, Cotton ...
Brain Child (Crocus)
Elisa Lendvay
Steel, Clay, Wire, Marble, Plaster, Paper, Acrylic
Elisa Lendvay is represented by Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT My artistic process is multifaceted as I work in different series that include floor, wall, table top sculpture...
Loteria Mexicana / Wood carving Mexican Folk Ar...
Roxana y Jesus Hernandez
Wood, Acrylic
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! Artisan: Roxana y Jesus Hernandez FONART Best Piece Category Paper, Carton, Corn Leaf, Toys & Dolls FONART 2nd. Edition National Award ""Grandes Maestros d...
As Much Again
Rachel Hellmann
Poplar, Acrylic
2017, Acrylic on poplar, 29 x 18 x 2 in. Artist Statement: I come from a family of carpenters. My early education as an artist taught me the care for craft, love of tools and pride...
Runner 8
Robert Gregson
Wood, Acrylic
“My work is a hinge between artist and audience. One enters the work through the visual temptation of color, visual tricks and, at times, words and symbols. The act of creation is a ...
Tulip
Elisa Lendvay
Metal
My artistic process is multifaceted as I work in different series that include floor, wall, table top sculptures, drawings and shaped paintings of experimental materials. The forms a...
Signal
Edward Falkenberg
Ash, Cedar, Pine, Acrylic
Tapered flat of charred cedar is oiled into a rich black patina and peppered with dots of silver metal that catch the light. Below this are grey wood strips set akimbo as they emerge...
Black Falls
Edward Falkenberg
Lead, Willow, Acrylic
A triangular wood slab is charred and oiled into a rich patina. Incised with striations the triangle is cut out with a rectangular space from which flow ribbons of lead in flat black...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries