Merrill Steiger 'Zen Dot' Paintings at FRG, The Rogovoy Report
There will be an opening reception for Zen Dot Energy, a series of paintings by Woodstock artist Merrill Steiger at FRG Objects & Design / Art on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 6 to 9pm. The paintings are inspired by aboriginal art, power spots, and India's tantric traditions of circles and chakras.
Seth Rogovoy, 2015
"Worlds Collide" at Gallery at Penn College, Sun Gazette
You don't need Alice's "Drink Me" vial to visit a wonderland - just check out Merrill Steiger's upcoming "Worlds Collide" exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College. Microbes, mandalas, petroglyphs and spiraling galaxies play across Steiger's canvases, inviting viewers to peek through otherworldly portals.
"I like to create paintings that make people want to delve within themselves for answers," New York City native Merrill Steiger said.
Morgan Myers, 2013
Merrill Steiger, Haute Living
Merrill Steiger was practically born with a paintbrush in hand. At age 7, she enrolled in a private art class, and by 14, she was attending the prestigious High School of Music and Art in New York City. She also earned her BFA in painting. And while many art students do not pursue art upon graduation, for Steiger an alternative career was never an option. For more than 40 years, she has worked as a professional artist—crafting, imagining, evolving, and envisioning magnificence, and leading her works to placement in prestigious galleries throughout the United States.
Sherri Balefsky, 2010
UMHS Gifts of Art showcases "Unseen Universes: Acrylics on Canvas," The Ann Arbor News
Merrill Steiger’s “Unseen Universes: Acrylics on Canvas” on display at the University of Michigan Hospital are cosmically big.
Steiger’s heroically scaled exhibit, part of the University of Michigan Health System’s Gifts of Art program, features a dozen phantasmagorical paintings that reflect this New York City painter’s keen interest in the microscopic being made macroscopic and vice-versa.
John Carlos Cantu, 2010
"Metaphor" at the Pierro Gallery, The Setonian
If you are interested in exploring a museum this weekend but would rather spend your money on something besides a train ticket to Manhattan, look no further than downtown South Orange’s Pierro Gallery.
Cathryn Wiatroski, 2010
BoxHeart Gallery Exhibit Considers What Is Sacred, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The New York City painter Merrill Steiger’s “Jewel Tree of Life” might not seem sacred at first glance, but the artist views her painting of a tree as a literal depiction of gods and goddesses, as well as a semi-abstract rendering of a tree that connote sacredness through micro and macroscopic perspectives of nature and the cosmos. Thus the idea of “sacred” in Steiger’s paintings operates on both literal and figurative levels, conscious and sub consciousness. In her composition, Steiger aims to juxtapose these two perspectives of tradition and non-tradition. She maintains that while these perspectives are wildly different from one another, the main objective of self-reflection can be achieved through both.
Kurt Shaw, 2009
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Cosmic Consciousness Displays Diverse Views Concerning Mankind, ArtSlant
Merrill Steiger’s notable works in painting and collage provide a symphony of color and texture to the show. Presenting universal symbols and images that reflect the microcosmic and macrocosmic world, Steiger invites the viewer to consider human existence. The works are filled with a juxtaposition of images that define human spirituality and the universal connections we all share with the whole.
Dennis & Sharon Eavenson, 2008
Science Art & the Imagination, Manitou Messenger
Immediately on entering the gallery, my eyes were drawn to the work of Merrill Steiger. Her large canvasses, featuring splashy, vibrant acrylics, loan some much needed color to the exhibit. Evoking images such as cells, the moon and ice caps, the mix of organic shapes with jarring lines, suddenly changing subject matter and exaggerated color, creates a surreal, almost cartoonish vibe. Steiger’s work is definitely the highlight of the show in that it really does showcase scientific subjects with creative flair and also breaks out of the bland St. Olaf mold a little bit.
April Wright, 2008
The Art and Science of Pattern Recognition, Dart International Magazine
Kóan Jeff Baysa, 2007
Unseen Universe, NY Arts Magazine
A lot has been written about Merrill Steiger’s paintings. References to aboriginal art, the meditative process of applying paint, the mandala, and that is all fine. But here, underneath the cover story, lie deep roots in pop art.
D. Dominick Lombardi, 2007
Exhibit a Dark View of Suburban Life, Albany Times Union
Strip malls, cookie-cutter cluster housing, fortress-like gated communities and suburbia’s manufactured lifestyle are explored, too. The diagrammatic “Water Park” (2006) by Merrill Steiger wonders why suburbanites gravitate to massive theme parks that emulate pristine nature through fake beaches and wave pools when the exodus from cities was to be near open space in the first place.
Time Kane, 2007
Annual Hunt for a Judge With a Distinctive Eye, The New York Times
Merrill Steiger's ''Chakra Universe'' is Eastern-religion-inspired content cloaked in imagery that is clearly inspired by Australian Aboriginal art, in which time and memory are not just depicted but embodied.
William Zimmer, 2002