Washington D. C.

Steve Poleskie

Patricia Carega Gallery

Steve Poleskie is an aerial performer who uses a Pitts Special aerobatics biplane to draw in smoke. He creates large three-dimensional forms, several thousand feet in each direction. Poleskie is fond of quoting from Italian aviator Fedele Azari‘s 1919 manifesto calling for a “futurist aerial theatre.” Azari believed the artistic form created through flight was infinitely superior to dance because of its “grandiose background, its super dynamism,” and because it was free and available to a large number of spectators. However, Azari was writing during the heady days of early Modernism, an age in love with machine culture. Read in the light of postindustrial society, the works seem to possess different inflections. The artist‘s aerial sculptures are transformed and dissipated during the process of crea-tion; they are seldom visible in their entirety. As they transform in time and space, they

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