Site-Specific Installation by Steve Zieverink
DateDec 18, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010
VenueWeston Art Gallery
Lennell and Pamela Rhodes Myricks, Robin and Murray Sinclaire, Jr. and Elizabeth Stone
The Cincinnati Arts Association's Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts presents Live Station, an environmentally-conscious installation by Cincinnati native Steve Zieverink that addresses alternative strategies for disconnecting from the grid and reconnecting with nature.
Through a variety of media including sculpture, painting and video, Steve Zieverink (Chicago, Ill.) examines the human condition—both internal and external—as it relates to technology, science, music, anthropology, biology and politics. "As the information age progresses and technology becomes even more rooted in our everyday life, a place of escape, regeneration and contemplation is necessary," says Zieverink. A recent trip to Alaska, where he spent several weeks filming and interviewing research scientists, fisherman and native people from Point Hope, served as the inspiration for Live Station—a self-sustaining location for an individual to disconnect from the grid and reconnect to their humanity. Within the context of the installation, a simple research cabin made from salvaged materials serves as a personal habitat to explore science and nature, DIY (do-it-yourself) technologies, archiving and communication. Working drawings and a video, The State of Alaska, are presented in conjunction with the cabin structure.
Steve Zieverink is a Chicago-based artist and musician. He received a bachelor of fine arts in painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2000 and a master of fine arts from The University of Illinois, Chicago in 2009. Originally from the Cincinnati area, he founded the Unit 2 Art Collective, a network of artists, and moved the organization to Chicago in 2004. Under the name Unit 2, Zieverink was awarded several Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and a Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant for his kinetic sound sculpture installation work. He was also commissioned to develop an interactive light and sound work for the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) in 2004. While living in Cincinnati, Zieverink's work was featured at Semantics, Warsaw Project Space, S.S. Nova, Unit 2 and the Carnegie Arts Center. More recently, his work has been featured at the Byron Roche Gallery in Chicago.
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Gallery Talk Series: Thurs., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. / Artist-Curated Film Screening: Sat., Jan. 9
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