Running bare foot out of a burning apartment building with nothing but my pants and a box of love letters forced me to rethink the notion of permanence. Looking back, I’ve come to realize that this was the night that I became an artist.
I work across diverse mediums and disciplines and my investigations into creation are always rooted in the physical...and by extension, the impermanence of materiality. I take from the physical world, all materials at my disposal. It is in this world, living in this American world specifically, in which I derive the conceptual basis of my work.
I am attuned to the contradictions, nuances, beauty, sadness and ridiculousness saturating the cultural atmosphere of contemporary life in America. My attunement to the visual and cultural landscape of the moment is the driving force behind much of my work. I delight in using the cast off materials and images of mass production and mass culture yet I resist the system that would create such materials, endanger the natural world and destroy people. This contradiction enables my work to hold both humor and the pathos of our contemporary plights. I understand that my acts of creation are a contrast to the awareness of the destruction and violence of our time.
“Blaine Siegel‘s Gobdiddlymuck at Slought is the work I loved best in all the shows, a tour-de-force piece with humor and thoughts of society’s decay.”
Roberta Fallon, the artblog.com
Now See(through), a two person exhibition with David Bernabo opens at SPACE in Pittsburgh February 2016.