Steve Rowell is an artist who works with photography, moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts to produce complex multicomponent projects. His practice investigates terrains of perception, nonhuman intelligence, ecologies, and technology in the landscape. Steve contextualizes the morphology of the built environment with the surrounding medium of Nature, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.
Born in Houston, Steve has been based in Los Angeles, Oxford, Berlin, Washington, D.C., and Chicago over the past twenty years.
He holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of Oxford and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
Steve has taught at numerous institutions including:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
ArtCenter College of Design
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Kansas City Art Institute
He has been lecturer, guest artist, and portfolio committee member at numerous institutions including:
Corcoran College of Art and Design
University College London
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc)
Steve's work (collaborative and solo) has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums, including: New York: The 2006 Whitney Biennial, Apex Art, MoMA PS1, and Storm King Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian American Art Museum Marfa: Ballroom Marfa Pittsburgh: The Center for PostNatural History Milwaukee: The Institute for Visual Art Chicago: The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography San Francisco: Yerba Buena Center for The Arts Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,
China Art Objects Gallery, and California Museum of Photography UC Riverside Istanbul: 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial London: The Barbican Art Centre, the Frieze Art Fair, and The Architecture Foundation Southampton: The John Hansard Gallery Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary Museum Cornwall: Groundwork 2018 Halle an der Saale: Werkleitz 2010 festival Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, and Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle