NEWBURGH COMMUNITY LAND BANK
ARTIST IN VACANCY
55 farrington Street
open house 12-5pm
sat 7/28 & sun 7/29 2018
is a site-specific work inhabiting a vacant Newburgh row house. In living and working in the house over the span of a month, Stephen’s work questions the perception of home as a private interior space, proposing a site which functions in the opposite—home becomes a center for exposure, communication, and engagement with an external world. The building’s windows, partially obscured by blank plywood boards which were intentionally left in place, were the starting point for two opposing spaces: a boarded up living room on the first floor serves as a screening space for a silent film, in contrast with two bright bedrooms lit by translucent color gels offering visibility to the exterior from the second floor. Within each room, antenna-candle sculptures tethered to coaxial cables form a strange field of potential communication - waiting to send and receive messages.
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creates situations in which contradictions between a site and the activities within it may emerge. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors in Business Administration in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), Sector 2337 (Chicago), Delfina Foundation (London), American Medium (Brooklyn), Julius Caesar (Chicago), The Chicago Cultural Center, The Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The Ogden Museum (New Orleans), and the Lawndale Art Center (Houston). He was a resident of the Performance as Process Programme at Delfina Foundation and Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn.