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Artist Profile: Steven Hubert, Contemporary Arts

May 25, 2011

Congratulations to Steven Hubert (with daughter above), one of this year’s recipients of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his work in SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Steven graduated from Emily Carr in 2007 and has exhibited at CSA Space, Or Gallery, Helen Pitt Gallery, Shudder Gallery, LES, Emergency Room Strathcona, Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Cafca, and the Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria). His work has also appeared in Pyramid Power and The Fillip Review. As an incoming student at SFU, he was the recipient of the C.D. Nelson Scholarship.

Bearing the imprint of previous study in English literature and history, his work in painting, sculpture, drawing, and video takes cues from the process of writing, in the sense that it develops like an obsessed-over sentence, full of negation and modified by clauses, and with a great deal of effort. It is logical, partly mystical, and perforated by alternating bouts of the simple and the complex. It is often absurdly expansionistic and lacking in apparent clarity due to its chronic and programmatic mistaking of one idea for another. There is also the notion between all the works of an apparently unified plot playing out as a tension between “out there” and “in here”—a psychic dimension which sets a limit on the question of form in painting and invites a consideration of subject matter as emergent from a series of inevitable complications arising from the theatrics of expression.

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