Steve Rowell is an artist who works with photography, moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts to produce complex multicomponent works. 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.
Currently, he lives in Minnesota and teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute as Assistant Professor of Photography.
Awards and honors that Steve has earned include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2019), the Erna Plachte scholarship at the University of Oxford (2016); grants from Creative Capital (Emerging Fields 2013) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2013); artist residencies at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (2016) and Fogo Island Arts (2013); as well as fellowships at the Villa Aurora Berlin (2016), the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2011), and Newcastle University (2010).
He has collaborated with SIMPARCH (Chicago, 2003-2009), The Office of Experiments (London, 2009-present), and The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles, 2001-2013).
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, and 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, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, and Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin
Current and recent projects include:
- Monumental Ring of Beautiful Ruin (details forthcoming)
- Dead Zones (details forthcoming)
- River Anthropocene (details forthcoming)
- Humans Lived Here Once
- Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys
- Midstream at Twilight