Steve Rowell (b. 1969)
BiographySteve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with still and moving images, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. Currently based in Los Angeles, he has lived in 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 ontology and landscape. Rowell contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature; appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.
In addition to being Program Manager at The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles) since 2001, he has collaborated with SIMPARCH (Chicago) and The Office of Experiments (London).
Steve's work (collaborative and solo) has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums, including: The 2006 Whitney Biennial and PS1, New York; Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, San Francisco; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Transmediale and NGBK, Berlin; The Barbican Art Centre and the Frieze Art Fair, London; The John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Ballroom Marfa; The Center for PostNatural History, Pittsburgh; The Institute for Visual Art, Milwaukee; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2013 he received awards from Creative Capital and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Beginning October 2016, Steve will be enrolled in a one year post-graduate program, focusing his research on existential risks and climate change, at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University.