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William Steiger, Aerial Tramway- Green, 2008


William Steiger, Aerial Tramway- Green, 2008


William Steiger, Aerial Tramway- Green, 2008


William Steiger
Aerial Tramway- Green, 2008
Stenciled linen pulp paint on cotton base sheet
20 x 16 inches
Edition of 20

Dieu Donné is pleased to present a new edition in paper by William Steiger. Aerial Tramway – Green is one of a series of cable cars associated with Steiger’s larger explorations of transportation themes such as trains, machines and amusement park rides. His minimal landscapes feature strong lines depicting a sharp perspective countered with subtle flat backgrounds. In Aerial Tramway – Green, the image is at once identifiable and abstract. The white sky can be read as flat but also with unlimited dimension. The timeless nature of white permits the isolation of a place without references to year, season, or time of day. By pushing the abstract nature of recognizable structures and symbols, Steiger repositions a bygone era within contemporary consciousness. His work can be seen as signposts from the past asserting themselves in the present.

William Steiger deconstructed his painting Aerial Tramway – Green by hand. Specific colors areas were identified and translated into seven different mylar stencils. Steiger hand-cut each of the seven stencils aligning them in register. The initial mylar stencil was registered to the cotton base sheet and the first modified linen pulp color was carefully applied through the stencil. To complete this layering process, seven different colors were applied through seven hand-cut stencils creating Steiger’s tightly registered image of the aerial tram.

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