I view my work as crossover media. I usually abstract forms, which are then situated outdoor. Once placed, each on-site piece is documented as the primary archival “art object”. In doing so, my hope is that each work will ask viewers to reexamine and reconsider how art functions in their surroundings. I install my work in public, leaving it subject to societal forces and the whim of passersby. They are left to provoke thought, be transformed, or remain.
Seth Czaplewski was born in 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an artist currently living in Orlando, FL. In 2014 he received his MFA from Washington University and in 2012 his BFA from the University of Central Florida. In 2009 Seth started exhibiting locally, nationally, and unsolicited.
While researching North St. Louis I have uncovered a history of production and self-sufficiency pushed to the periphery, which today is so prevalent in American society that we barely notice. In the early 1800’s the area just North of downtown St. Louis was a communal farmland for residents. There was also a 15-acre plot along the Mississippi river open to residents to use as they wanted. Both ideas were very progressive for their time and still are, although neither is still in place today. European immigrants once flocked to this area due to failed farming in their homeland. In the case of Henry Overstolz, originally from Germany, once in America his fortune changed when he opened grocery stores. Since then the rapid development of infrastructure has led to a society of convenience. And once again, like in Overstolz’ time of the mid 1800’s, people have fled, as the site cannot meet the needs of the people. My works are inspired by and situated on sites like these.