John Stevens (b. 1991) was raised and educated in the Midwest. After attaining a degree in English Lit. and Philosophy from William Jewell College in 2013, he moved to NYC to pursue a career in the arts. Stevens’ work moves between different mediums, but tends towards studies of perceptual impressionism and abstract materialism. His work engages humanist interests through non-anthropomorphic subjects, centering his various studies around a complex relationship between author and audience and inviting them to observe the world through his ‘lens’.
Much of his photographic work takes as its focus the binary role of natural and artificial lighting, quite literally illuminating the distinction between the materiality of contemporary social norms and the endangered natural environment surrounding its tenuous, urban borders. Stevens’ art on paper takes from his interests in architecture, technical drawing, and neologism–synthesizing an artistic subject that resists an objective signification while playing with perceptions of dimension and space.
2017 “Post/Natural” | Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection | Chicago, IL
2017 “The New Contemporary” | Hairpin Arts Gallery | Chicago, IL
2017 “How To Get Read” | School of The Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL
2016 Open Studio Night at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
2016 “New Media” by DAEMON (daem.onl) | Curated by Jon Springs | Sulfur Studios in Savannah, GA
2015 “Brooklyn Zine Festival” | Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn, NY.
2016 “The Last Days of Pompeii” Apoecides | Directed by Rumi Missabu (aka. James Bartlett) | Lincoln Center | New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium | New York, NY
2015 “The Wisdom of The Sands” Boyfriend No. 1 & The King’s Son | Directed by Rumi Missabu (aka. James Bartlett) | Judson Memorial Church | New York, NY
Editorial: Intro to “Inferno” photographs by Daniel Zvereff
Editorial: “Masters of Discipline” for Steady Magazine
Editorial: “Stasis & Static” for Steady Magazine
Art Publications & Collection Holdings:
“Canon” 20pp. 2017 | Collected by The School of The Art Institute of Chicago MAVCS
“In/Finite” 20pp. 2016 | Collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
“Death’s Head” 9pp. 2016
“Urbstract” 9pp. Foldout 2015 | Collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
“One In Woods” 12pp. 2015 | Collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
“Winter Aesthetic” 16pp. 2015 | Collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
“Unfortunately, I Was Dead” 24pp. 2015 | Collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
“All My Eyes See” 8 panels 2015
The Breaking Shell takes its name from Kahlil Gibran’s poem “On Pain” from The Prophet. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell which encloses your understanding.”
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