ODETTA is pleased to announce that the gallery is now representing Kurt Steger. In his newest series Scribing the Void and Urban Structures, Kurt continues to preserve the disappearing landscape while offering protection for the sacred within each of us.
Kurt's newest sculptures, Urban Structures, The Bed Stuy Series are on exhibit at ODETTA in the studio space through February 26, 2017.
Kurt Steger’s monumental sculpture, Scribing the Void, has been acquired by Coach,Inc., a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands.On Friday, November 18, 2016, Coach will celebrate the opening of its newest flagship store, Coach House, in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Coach was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. The acquisition of Kurt Steger’s Scribing the Void, creates a link to Coach’s New York City roots as the sculpture features a line traced from the surface of an iconic rock formation in Central Park.
Scribing the Void, originally premiered at ODETTA this past summer. The sculpture was also selected to travel to Real Art Ways, a renowned alternative art space in Hartford, CT. This powerful work of art was recreated for Coach House from the original templates that Kurt used to trace Umpire Rock in Central Park. Paying homage to the handmade is a perfect fit for Coach, Inc.’s philosophy. Kurt uses carpenter’s tools and sculpts and finishes each panel of this twenty-foot sculpture entirely by hand.
This flagship store will open to the public on Friday November 18. Scribing the Void can be viewed on the third floor, gently suspended within this new space.
ODETTA is now representing Kurt Steger. As we move into our third year, we are pleased to announce that we are selecting key emerging and mid-career artists for representation.
Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM
Scribing the Void is a monumental sculpture transcribed from a Central Park boulder and initially installed at ODETTA gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This monumental sculpture was originally oriented in the exact north-south level line and elevation as it would sit on this iconic boulder. The sculpture moves almost imperceptibly with the air currents in the gallery.
The scribe line was achieved after multiple trips to the Central Park site, methodically tracing and cutting the shape of the boulder’s surface onto chipboard templates, resulting in 82 linear feet of a single contour line. This line was then copied onto the wooden superstructure that was transported and reassembled at the gallery.
The composer RSM was invited to create a score that was composed by placing the scribe line of the boulder onto a musical staff, effectively writing the song of the rock. RSM then took these notes and recorded the composition. The Byzantine-inspired sounds of piano, violin, drum, and voice permeate the empty space.
A recent pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet inspired much of Steger’s conceptual thoughts behind the sculpture: materiality versus immateriality, questions of time and space, and perceptions of memory beyond the familiar senses are addressed in Scribing the Void. The scribe line represents the divide between spirit and matter, the line between birth and death. Void speaks of loss, our severed connection to nature, community and ancestry, separation from our inner lives, and the mystery of existence.
Scribing the Void has also been purchased and re-created for Coach Inc.'s new flagship store Coach House at 54th St. and 5th Avenue in NYC. This sculpture and concept is now enriching a broader audience while being exhibited in two locations concurrently.
Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Real Art Ways
OCT 20 - FEB 19, 2017 | 2 - 9 PM
Into the Blue Again, is a solo exhibition of Hackl Fagan's large-scale watercolor/pigments on paper. This series explores the nature of printmaking processes, texture and surface manipulation inspired by the sound of cobalt blue. Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation.
Creative Cocktail Hours are a time to enjoy the galleries and all that the Hartford creative community has to offer. $10 admission enables you to try new custom drinks, live music, and great food all under one roof while meeting the artists exhibiting in all the galleries.
Real Art Ways, in Hartford, CT is a mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. There are four galleries exhibiting artists' works, three solo exhibitions, and one group exhibition, curated by David Borawski. Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void, presented initially at ODETTA this past summer, is also a solo exhibition.
Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment.
Creative Cocktail Hours: Gather and meet the artists, live music, full bar, food trucks, $10 entry
Thursday December 15, 6-10 pm
Thursday January 19, 6-10 pm
Thursday January 26, Special performance with the Hartford Symphony