A.L.I.C.E. is very proud to present Steve Powers
In a new show entitled "Semaphores of the Soul"
VERNISSAGE: Thursday 29.01 2009 - 18:00 to 22:00
Exhibition Dates: 29.01 2009 > 07.03.2009
In the last 7 years Steve Powers has created a new way of painting, a hybrid of text and image that functions as a screen shot of his mind. The machinations of social interactions, the struggle to understand ourselves, dumb jokes, and the futility of changing a world that is perfectly happy with destroying itself are all recurring themes in Powers' work. For his debut show in Belgium, Powers is pulling together the best work of the last 7 years, and putting forth a dozen new paintings to effectively map out the area he has claimed for himself in his paintings. It is the complicated world of ourselves.Alice Gallery welcomes you to look at you up close. Translations gladly provided! Introduction Steve Powers was born and raised and Philadelphia, then moved to New York City in 1994. After stints as publisher of On the Go Magazine, author of the book The Art Of Getting Over, and full-time graffiti writer, Powers opened his studio practice in January of 1998. Since then he has shown at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Deitch Projects, The 49th Venice Bienale, and The Luggage Store in San Francisco. In 2003, He founded the Dreamland Artist Club and partnered with Creative Time to commission over 45 artists (Swoon, to paint signs and rides in Coney Island. His book of pop art short stories, First And Fifteenth, was published by Villard in 2005. As a Fulbright Scholar, Powers painted a love story in the streets of Dublin and Belfast in the spring of 2008. In August 2008, again teaming up with Creative Time, he opened The Waterboard Thrill Ride, an animatronic depiction of waterboarding in Coney Island. He lives and works in Manhattan.
About His Artwork
Steve Powers is a pop artist in reverse. Instead of using the current modes of expression associated with advertising industry, he draws from an earlier era of words and images. The bygone idiom of the handpainted sign. Powers strives for authenticity in reviving this artisan's pursuit, employing the richly vibrant, albeit highly toxic, One Shot sign painter's enamel in his artistic endeavors. The feel of Powers' painting is simultaneously "now" and "then". A clever balance of traditional graphic styles and methods of application with a narrative sensitivity that is decidedly of the moment.
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