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My name is Stephen Spiller. My art presents social, political, and cultural commentary about how contemporary lives are shaped. I'm particularly interested in identity development, relationships, and all things driving individual passion.
I live and work in Long Island City, NY. I've been included in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Miami Beach, Arles, France, Malaga, Spain, etc., online exhibitions, e.g.International Emerging Artists Dubai, and in digital group shows, e.g. Scope Miami Beach, Miami, Fl and See|Exhibition Space, New York, NY. I've also been recognized in U.S. and international competitions, e.g. Worldwide Gala Photography Awards and California Open Competition, and published in Photographers Forum, Best of Photography, International Photography Awards Competition Book, Musee Magazine, etc.
My recent work is about fashion. I think it reflects fantasy, encouraging false perceptions of identity and an obsession with appearance qua identity. It operates as a kind of biological WMD spreading collateral damage - invisible perhaps, but impacting countless vulnerable people. Just look at how people endlessly engage in a futile effort to cement contrived looks into the multidimensional foundation of who they really are - behaving as if on stage, demonstrating who they want to be, are expected to be, or others believe them to be.
The absurd focus on looks seeds the destruction of identity development. We fashionistas will counsel you trumps understanding oneself. The damage being done must be confronted.
National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Thessaloniki, Greece (March 27th - April 8th 2015)
Carter Burden Gallery, New York, New York (Group Show: April 30th - May 21st 2015)
Municipal Heritage Museum, Malaga, Spain (September 18, 2014 - November 9, 2014)
What I believe
Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense the creative act. Kenneth Rexroth, Disengagement: The Art Of The Beat Generation
... art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change it can not only move us, it makes us move. Ossie Davis
Language not only expresses thought, it "...actually determines the way in which its speakers perceive the world." Benjamin Lee Whorf.
"Unless art achieves an esthetic shock capable of dissociating us from our established experiences, it is just illustration." From Art In America, attributable to French philosopher Jacques Rancière
"Fashion Is Murder." Words carved in cement by an unknown author. (My take? It's real life memorialized in a Soho sidewalk. Clichés like Drop dead gorgeous. Killer looks. Dressed to kill. To die for. all expresss fantasy - amusing following a lobotomy.)