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MCA Talk: Steve Rowell

A light-skinned man with short white hair and stubble, wearing a black T-shirt with sun glasses on his head, stands by a window with a view of blue water and low mountains in the distance.

Steve Rowell

Photo: Priyanka Basu


Steve Rowell, whose work is included in The Way of the Shovel, discusses the intersection of technology, nature, and art in his practice.

About the Artist

Steve Rowell is an artist and researcher currently based in Chicago. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to the landscape. Rowell contextualizes natural, postnatural, and built environments, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer. 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; Temporäre Kunsthalle and NGBK, Berlin; the Barbican Art Centre and the Frieze Art Fair, London; 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.