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Steve Savitz
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: I create art in different styles ranging from abstract expressionist paintings to photography.

A common thread that runs through my work is my interest in depictions of human fallibility and existential crisis. In my world, we are all beautiful losers crumbling beneath forced smiles and life-affirming mantras. Hopefully my works dial into the collective doubts we all have but rarely speak of.

Coming from a filmmaking background, I see my images as comic-tragic narratives. These narratives sometimes include text.

Whether my art is a sea of colors or a tar-pit of grays, I aim for a vantage point where amusing meets disturbing.

My photography series, Chemicals initiates a dialogue that questions the ethical practices of corporations that endanger our health and natural environment.

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  • YOU HATE ME
    1997
    oil on canvas
    Abstract Expressionist with text. Luminous and festive colors compensate as if the painting itself were in denial and fighting to regain its self-esteem.

  • People, Planet & Profits
    2007
    35mm photography, chalk & mixed media
    33 x 22
    live subject standing in front of a blackboard. Chalk drawing depicting Shell Oil's environmental assault. A modern variation on Botticelli's Venus.

  • Back #1
    2008
    photography and chalk
    15 x 10
    part of my "Chemicals" series to show how the unregulated chemical industry is hijacking our DNA and becoming part of the human body

  • INSULATION
    1994
    oil on canvas

  • EXPRESSION / REPRESSION
    2004
    oil and collage on canvas
    Unrestrained primal vs. repression are explored.

  • COPS
    1994
    oil on canvas

  • INSECTICIDES
    2005
    negative Film and chalk drawing
    My photography series, Chemicals, initiates a dialogue that questions the ethical practices of corporations that endanger public health and the natural environment.

  • GENETICALLY MODIFIED
    2005
    Negative Film and chalk drawing
    My photography series, Chemicals, initiates a dialogue that questions the ethical practices of corporations that endanger public health and the natural environment.

  • I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU
    1998
    Laytex paint and assemblage

  • BEALE STREET
    2009
    artist crayon on construction paper
    child's art materials to show the infantile nature of and racism.

  • NAPALM SKIES
    2008
    Crayon on construction paper
    use of childrens' art materials to show the infantile nature of war and rascism.

  • JOAN
    1994
    acrylic on canvas

  • LIFE IS IMPOSSIBLE
    1998
    assemblage

  • LONELY WOMEN THRU LONELY EYES
    1998
    oil on canvas

  • MAYBE TOMORROW
    1998
    assemblage on masonite
    paint and assemblage on bedding material and pillow.

  • NEED A DOSE
    1997
    oil on canvas

  • ORCHESTRA
    1994
    acrylic on board

  • THE RESURRECTION
    2004
    acrylic and pills on canvas

  • THE GHOST OF WANT
    2004
    oil on canvas

  • SAME OLD STORY (LESS SOAP)
    2004
    assemblage on faux tile
 








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