Shirley Steele

www.steelestudio.com

STATEMENT

My artistic practice reflects my lifelong interest in words, language, and the sounds of speech. The images here extend the exploration of language in visual art that began in the 20th century with the text experiments of Duchamp, Kosuth, and Holtzer, among others. This new series of inkjet prints, called “Reconstructing Wikipedia,” offers the viewer unique insight into the human ability to reconstruct meaning from fragmentary and obscured sources.

The text in each piece comes from a Wikipedia article of the same name. A computer program, which I wrote, deconstructs the original text, randomly scattering words, obscuring some, highlighting others, and whimsically assigning color.

The result is a semi-readable embodiment of the Wikipedia article. In a process analogous to the way that each of us learns our first language from fragmented and ambiguous speech, the viewer of these pieces must rebuild linguistic structure (in effect, recreating language) in order to discover meaning.

Shirley Steele
http://www.steelestudio.com
shirleysteele01@gmail.com

SOLO SHOWS:

2017Cloud Storage: Memes & Graphemes, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2014Hand and Machine, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2013Interface, Burrison Gallery, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2012Reconstructing Wikipedia, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2011Exposures, Ceres Gallery, New York City, NY
2008Symbiosis, Burrison Gallery, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2006The Figurative, Kelley Writer’s House, Univ. of Pennsylvania (2-person show)
1998Recent Work, Floral Heights Gallery, Wichita Falls, TX

GROUP SHOWS:

2018Dulce Bytes, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX
2017Intersecting Perspectives, SciArt Center, New York, NY
online: SciArt Center, (lower left portal, #13 down)
2016Ceres Gallery Summer Show, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2015Miami Mix, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
Digital animation projected on fog screen, Fog Screen Event, 6th St., Austin, TX
2014Projects Gallery, Aqua Fine Art Fair at Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
Ceres Summer Salon, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Electric Fields-Madrid, #programalaplaza, animation on the digital façade at MediaLab Prado, Madrid
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2013Projects Gallery, Aqua Fine Art Fair, Miami, FL
TwelveXTwelve, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Sight Specific, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Projects Gallery, Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
Art in the Air, digital animation in the PECO Crown Lights at the top of the 27-story Philadelphia Electric Co. building, Philadelphia
2012Multiples, juried show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Gallery, Philadelphia
Fresh Impressions, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011Square Foot, Art Basil Miami, Projects Gallery Miami, Miami, FL
Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists’ Equity Select Curated Show, MLUC, Devon, PA
Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists’ Equity Members Juried Show, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA
2010Pennsylvania Academy Alumni Juried Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Gallery (Inaugural Exhibition), Philadelphia
Indoor VPAP exhibition, Esther M. Klein Gallery, Science Center, Philadelphia
The Virtual Public Art Project
Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP) exhibition, part of DesignPhiladelphia, Independence Mall, Philadelphia
http://breadboardphilly.org/programs/virtual-public-art-project/vpap-artists-fall-2010/shirley-steele
Art in the Air, digital animation in the PECO Crown Lights at the top of the 27-story Philadelphia Electric Co. building. See animation:
Shirley Steele Youtube Channel
2009Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
2008Double Exposure: On-Line/On-Wall, Honorable Mention, Museum of Computer Art (MOCA), Brooklyn, New York
Yesterday and Today: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Invitational Exhibition at Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia
Museum of Computer Art (MOCA), On-Line Guest Gallery at
MOCA Virtual Museum
2007Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles
2003The Studio Group, Kelley Writer’s House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2002The Studio Romberg, Philadelphia

PUBLICATIONS:

2013Cover image, Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 86, No. 5, December 2013
2012Cover image, Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 85, No. 5, December 2012.
2011Wichita Falls Art and Literature Review, Volume V, pp. 12-17.
2008Exhibition Publication: Double Exposure: On-Line/On-Wall, Museum of Computer Art (MOCA), Brooklyn, NY.

COMMISSIONS:

Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Department of Neurosurgery, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

COLLECTIONS:

Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls, Texas
Numerous private collections in the United States and Europe
Department of Neurosurgery, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

ART EDUCATION:

1994-1998Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (4-year certificate; major in painting, minor in printmaking)
1986-1990Art Students’ League, New York, NY

SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

1987-1994Natural Language Processing Group, Unisys Corporation, Paoli, PA
1985-1987Acoustics Research, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ
1980-1985Speech Research Group, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX
1985Ph.D., Brain and Language, University of Texas at Dallas

TEACHING:

2016-2017Lecturer in creative coding, Center for Arts & Entertainment Technologies, Univ. of Texas (Austin)