Collages by Steven Bleicher
Center for Faith and Life
September 2 – October 9, 2015
Steven Bleicher is an accomplished artist whose work is included in many major collections. His artwork is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including being a part of ArCade VI, a special traveling exhibition of digitally-created works. As a part of this exhibition program, his work is now included the permanent collection of the Levall Gallery in Siberia, Russia. He has also written about art topics throughout his career. His book, Contemporary Color: Theory and Use (Delmar Press and Thompson Learning) is a comprehensive text on color, focusing on digital color and its relationship to other new technologies as well as traditional color theory. Other chapters include color psychology, perception, and dimensional aspects of color.
Bleicher received both his BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute. He has worked and taught at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, the State University of New York, Brooklyn College and Marian College in addition to serving as the Assistant Dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
He currently serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Foundations in the Department of Visual Arts at Carolina Coastal University in Conway, South Carolina.
"My body of work has an underlying theme of Americana. Currently, I'm using the subject matter of great old highways, such as Route 66 and the Dixie Highway, as a point of departure. So much of American life has been and continues to revolve around our mobility, highways, and their effect on our lives. These themes are essential to my work.
The central images in these works are a continuation from earlier work. They are a combination of graphite and digital elements, starting with photographs or sketches from the selected landscapes or sites. I then couple these images with maps and souvenirs or mementos from the local area. While many of the items have a kitsch quality to them, they are not meant to have a condescending tone, but are celebrations of our uniquely American zeal for collecting, bringing back souvenirs from our travels and vacations. These items directly relate to the imagery and maps, adding additional components or layers of meaning to the work and giving a more complete sense of place. The pieces are displayed in shadowbox frames that are large enough to hold both the two and three-dimensional elements in a confined and unified space.
My work is about remembrance and recollection. It's about our human need to capture a space in time, a fleeting moment, and preserve it."