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So far this year, Steve Carrick has shown at exhibitions in Mexico as well as cities the length and breadth of the UK.

 

For the Synergic exhibition at the Ovalo Gallery in Mexico, he presented a video documentation of a projection installation constructed in his office. Called ‘Office Metropolis’, the installation builds on the idea of a city that is constantly being reconstructed, with projected animations melding with solid objects placed on a table.

His abstract paintings ‘Pareidol 4’, ‘Pareidol 5’ and ‘Pareidol 6’ were displayed at the London Contemporary Art Gallery for the 2019 London Contemporary Art Prize. 

Steve explains his Pareidol series of paintings: “Each of my paintings of heads or faces is referred to as a pareidol, a truncation of the term pareidolia. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus, which often leads to people assigning human characteristics to objects and images. 

“My paintings are a mass of random marks – not necessarily paintings of faces or heads, but rather propositions or opportunities for a face or head to come into being.”

Where does the inspiration for such innovative works come from? Steve said: “I don’t believe in waiting for inspiration – I just make things and they inspire me to make better things.

“I have a very diverse art practice that includes painting and drawing, but also video projection installations that incorporate 3D animations. Essentially, I execute my artwork in whatever medium seems suitable to the idea or process.”

Steve studied Fine Art to Master’s level at Leeds College of Art and Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Beckett University) before completing a research degree – MPhil in Advanced Computer Animation – at the Glasgow School of Art Digital Design Studio.

He has been engaging students studying at the University of Chester’s Department of Art and Design for 15 years. “I believe it’s important that Fine Art lecturing staff have a vibrant and engaged practice, since this directly impacts on the students – it helps maintain an ethos that’s informed by contemporary issues.”

For the FUBAR exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in London, he presented a video projection installation called ‘Brunel’s Last Dream’.  And under the pseudonym Stefan Kiracj, exhibited his painting ‘Pareidol 1’ at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.

His other 2019 exhibitions include a further showing of ‘Office Metropolis’ at the yoo-TOH-pee-a, in the FIIK Studios, Leeds –  an exhibition  exploring the idea of Utopia – and a further display of ‘Brunel’s Last Dream’ at Dream States, held at the Hoxton Cabin in London.

Steve’s work for Dream States involved the projection of mechanical animations, with sound, on to a torn-open, distressed mattress.  He said: “I wanted this work to represent the suggestion of a surreal dream that the engineer Brunel might have had just before he died.”

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