STEVEN SILVERSTEIN - CIVIC EXPERIMENT

OPENING & ARTIST BOOK SIGNING - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017

EXHIBIT RUNS THRU SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018

Artisseur is pleased to present "Civic Experiment" with abstract works on canvas by photographer Steven Silverstein, who creates in-camera, using a process that begins as a non-objective exploration of light, colors, shapes or symbols. (Read more below...)

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This work would have looked perfect...in the Bauhaus or in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century gallery...but Silverstein’s works...don’t look like anyone else’s paintings, much less photographs.
— Peter Frank, art critic

In these sophisticated, and at times whimsical works, colorful layers appear translucent and luminous, hovering at the surface and behind, pushing boundaries. For Silverstein, a theme emerged. The unpredictable, crowded or reductive forms, grounded in experimental organization, allow for notions of urban design, infrastructure and spatial distribution. Informed by having lived in the major metropolitan cities of Paris, New York and Los Angeles, Silverstein has become concerned with the way in which cities and suburbs are constructed, governed and experienced. "My experimentation has evolved with the understanding that certain shapes and spaces are linked with one another, and forms its own communication. Although I'm not interested in persuading social ideology, I'd like for them to evoke emotion and contemplation of how planning impacts our lives." Read Silverstein's full Artist Statement here. 

For more information, read Peter Frank's forward in the book, Steven Silverstein (2013-2016) here.

Steven Silverstein moved from Los Angeles to Paris as an aspiring editorial photographer where Sarah Moon and Robert Delpire, art publisher and former director of Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, saw his work and introduced him to Peter Knapp, the pioneering art director at Elle magazine. This was the beginning of a very successful career in fashion editorial for over 30 years, in which he photographed for leading publications including Elle, Vogue Italia, Vogue Homme, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Marie Claire, as well as brands including L'Oreal, Yves St. Laurent, Revlon, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Clarins, Carolina Herrera, BCBG and Nine West, among others. He has received numerous awards and has been exhibited worldwide including at the Georges Pompidou in Paris. In 2013, he began creating non-representational photographic abstractions, currently held in important private and public/corporate collections.

 

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