Steve Rowell is an artist who works with photography, moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts to produce complex multicomponent projects. His practice investigates terrains of perception, nonhuman intelligence, ecologies, and technology, exploring the landscape as a site of political imagination. Steve contextualizes the morphology of the built environment with the surrounding medium of Nature, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.
Awards and honors that Steve has earned include: the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2019 – film), the Erna Plachte scholarship at the University of Oxford; grants from Creative Capital (Emerging Fields) and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; artist residencies at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik and Fogo Island Arts; as well as fellowships at the Villa Aurora Berlin, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Newcastle University.
He has collaborated with SIMPARCH (Chicago, 2003-2009), The Office of Experiments (London, 2009-present), and The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles, 2001-2013). Born in Houston, Steve has been based in Los Angeles, Oxford, Berlin, Washington, D.C., and Chicago over the past twenty years. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis at teaches at the University of Minnesota which is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the indigenous Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples.