Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science
Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science

Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science

This week we share the fascinating and intricate work of Steve Seleska. He has recently been written about in Art and Cake and Diversions LA.

Artist Statement
My work explores human events and consciousness through the lenses of time and space. Looking at both micro and macro levels, the multiple layers of epoxy resin give rise to an intricate dimensionality. Reactions between oil, acrylic, resin and other chemical compounds hold evidence of interconnectedness and reflect transformation. This intention invites the viewer to consider their relationship to our mysterious, precarious existence. My subject matter combines the representational and abstract. Together these elements create a transcendent aesthetic — an environment that is there and simultaneously not there.

I try to engage and understand the complexities of life through the exploration of human events, quantum theories, the cosmos, and molecular levels. I examine the psychological space of a moment in time on all levels of life, there by exploring the physical and non-physical and their relationship to our fragile existence.

Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science
Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science
Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science
Steve Seleska: At the Intersection of Art and Science

 

Reality of Nature

On view September 9 to September 30, 2017
Opening reception September 9, 2017 6-9 pm

Launch LA
170 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles Ca 90036
323-899-1363
www.launchla.org

The Reality of Nature as an environmental macrocosm is not always the nurturing, restorative, spiritual, user-friendly place one imagines; nor is it the heroic antidote to civilization as fetishized by our self-critical, urbane society. Nature is not only mankind’s victim but also its source and master. It is full of wonder. It loves its children but also takes revenge.

This group of 13 artists working in painting, photography, drawing, as well as quasi-sculptural and saliently hybrid mediums, each use both experience and concept to explore the conflicts and confluences between what we want and what we have when it comes to living in a world the belongs to both Man and Nature.

For curator Kristine Schomaker, landscape and metaphor is an infinitely expandable continuum, which as this diverse group of artists demonstrates, is vast enough to encompass a range of materials, styles and techniques from evocative total abstraction to narrative and conceptual pictorialism. In that conceptual and art historical context, The Reality of Nature reflects the complexities and contradictions not only of our mythological relationship to the natural world but of our actual existence within it.

Where many seek out and embrace the enduring beauty, majesty and intimate details in the forms of its flora and fauna, its skies, ice, storms, and sunsets, others take an approach of critique and caution, using industrial materials or depicting the dire consequences of humanity’s subjugation of nature. With motifs culled from sources in architecture and wilderness, science and science fiction, resource scarcity, pollution, evolution, tenacious adaptation, and sublime phenomenology, this timely, even urgent, exhibition uses visual art’s capacity for resolving paradoxes and imaging the impossible to demonstrate frameworks for changing the adversarial dynamic to one of cooperation and humility. Ultimately, a battle against nature is not only one mankind cannot truly win, but one not at all worth waging.

Participating Artists: Andrea Bersaglieri, Catherine Ruane, Constance Mallinson, Devon Tsuno, Erika Lizée, Jeanne Dunn, Jennifer Gunlock, JJ L’Heureux, Marie Thibeault, Samantha Fields, Steve Seleska, Terry Arena, Virginia Katz

Steve Seleska

“Uncharted Territory”

 

Exhibition: June 3 – June 30
Reception: Saturday, June 17, 3-6 pm
Open Studios Art Tour:
Saturday, June 3 + 4, 11 am-5 pm

ARK Gallery
2599 Fair Oaks Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
ark-arts.com
steveseleska.com

(Los Angeles – April 2017) – Opening at ARK Gallery June 3rd, artist Steve Seleska presents his first solo exhibition “Uncharted Territory.” As a study of microscopic environments and fantasy landscapes, Seleska’s work prompts the viewer to consider what is happening in the world on a molecular level that affects our existence. Indicative of the national climate that produced March for Science rallies in 600+ cities worldwide, “Uncharted Territory” speaks to the unprecedented rallying cry to protect present facts, what we can discover as truths, and the lifespans of our natural landscapes.

As we swiftly enter an era that prioritizes commerce over our collective natural health, Seleska explores how fragile eco-systems fail if they are not taken care of. “Uncharted Territory” creates an elusive environment that sits between what can and cannot exist. Blending abstract and natural representation to shift a sense of place.
The dismantlement of National Parks and the abandonment of climate change science coerces our view of the natural world and work that engages it. The original intention of work representative of nature transforms and becomes inherently political.

Drawing from quantum theories and the cosmos down to molecular levels, Seleska’s work reveals the colors, patterns, and palpable textures that can exist, yet are not fully familiar. Created with the mark of fearlessness, his layering reveals how materials and process can be utilized to experiment with priority and dimensionality.

‘Uncharted Territories’ will be a part of the Open Studios Art Tour organized by Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena on June 3rd and 4th, 2017.

About Steve Seleska
Steve Seleska is a self-taught painter living and working in Frogtown Los Angeles. He has been exhibiting locally since 2009, recently showing at Walter Maciel Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Artshare LA, San Diego Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, Prohibition Gallery, South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.

About ARK Gallery
ARK Gallery is an alternative, artist-run space in Altadena, CA. Ark has work studios, a stage and a gallery/exhibition space. Exhibitions and concerts are curated by Kira Vollman. As a part of the larger Altadena and Pasadena art community, ARK Gallery contributes to the area’s growing rich heritage of cultural appreciation.