Sunday, June 20, 2010

Steve Rieman, Artist focused on the Art of Balance and Harmony

  On Sunday, June 13 2010, I had the honor and privilege of meeting with artist Steve Rieman and wife Ruth at their Yucca Valley home art studio. From the time I pulled in the drive, I was impressed by how the Riemans had integrated the desert into their home studio making it harmonize with the natural landscape. Steve’s larger than life kinetic metal and stone sculptures were displayed through out the property and were responding gently, moving with the light desert breeze.

While talking with Steve and observing the surroundings, it became clear, his art is about balance and harmony.  It makes a statement about us as the human race balancing our thirst for progress while preserving the delicate balance and harmony of nature. For Steve and his wife Ruth, this has been a lifelong quest and it is very evident in all of his works of art and surroundings. Steve stated that most of his art is composed of couples, working together as one. To him, this is symbolic of his loving relationship with his wife Ruth.

Steve studied and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca. His first years were focused on industrial design as he was exploring painting. He then started experimenting with clay and other materials for more 3D works of art.  After some time, his art began evolving again. Working with metal and natural stone, Steve is today creating large scale kinetic sculptures.  Steve is hands on from concept to installation, using a variety of enduring materials such as stone, stainless steel, bronze and weathered steel and has many inspiring works of art in public places.

   Steve reminds us through his art that progress without balance and harmony of our natural world is meaningless and without value.  Steve will be on the Hwy 62 Art Tours on October 30th and 31st this year.  (the second weekend)  Please take the time to visit him in October; it is well worth the journey. To see and learn more about Steve Rieman and his sculptures, please visit Steve’s website at:
 (Written by Pepper Wagner)  

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