Pat Steir’s most recent hand-painted monoprints introduce new gestures to her painterly lexicon. In a process informed by decades of printmaking experience, the artist painted unique works on mylar to be silkscreened on totemic sheets of paper. Broad strokes of paint are then applied to the screenprinted surface, creating shimmering veils of color in loops, lines and dabs.
Steir's prolific career has spanned over fifty years. Though rooted in elements of Abstract Expressionism, the artist’s work is decidedly postmodern, influenced by poetry, natural elements, John Cage’s ideas on chance and the I Ching. Often monumental in scale, employing a fastidious, yet seemingly loose use of color, the works are dripping dreamscapes that often reference the meditative and esoteric.