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Steve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with photography and moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. He has lived in Los Angeles, Oxford, Berlin, Chicago, and Washington DC over the past 20 years. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to the ontology of landscape. Rowell contextualizes the morphology of the built environment with the surrounding medium of Nature; appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.
Steve's work (collaborative and solo) has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums, including:
The 2006 Whitney Biennial, Apex Art, MoMA PS1, and Storm King, New York
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX
The Center for PostNatural History, Pittsburgh
The Institute for Visual Art, Milwaukee
The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
California Museum of Photography, Riverside CA
Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco
LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles
3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul
The Barbican Art Centre the Frieze Art Fair, and The Architecture Foundation, London
The John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
Nottingham Contemporary Museum, Nottingham
Groundwork 2018, Cornwall
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and NGBK, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin
In 2013 he received awards from Creative Capital and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
In June 2017, Steve completed a post-graduate degree at the University of Oxford, focusing his research on existential risks, specifically artificial intelligence and climate change.
Current and recent projects include:
- Parallelograms, thanks to a 2013 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts .