Columbus, Ohio 1973
Graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1997 with a B.F.A. in Media Studies.
Stephen works predominantly with analogue photographic processes to translate the chaos behind his eyes into tangible art. He is known for his photographic abstractions which are based on the juxtaposition of structure and human form. In 2005 he moved to Germany with his wife and began to explore the creative possibilities the old world had to offer. Prior to that point his art had always been personal, but he has since discovered several new social constructs to visually and conceptually explore. He currently has several series of work in simultaneous development.
Stephen's work is held by various private collectors both in the US and in Europe.
Exhibition History, Artist Thoughts and Odd Notions available here (PDF):
As moments reveal themselves, time tells it's tale. This is my path : past to present
An artist’s entire body of work can be more telling than just an individual piece. A complete representation of an artist’s work will give the observer chances to catch glimmers of the artist’s psyche. His personal thoughts and statements become visible over many pieces. Over time, one can sense the artist honing his craft, becoming more comfortable in his work, and growing as an individual and as an artist. Through viewing an artist’s work, one can, in a sense, become acquainted with the artist in a way more telling and intimate that merely having a conversation with him or reading a book about him. One gets the opportunity to see the artist’s most private, and possibly even unknown, emotions revealed. The cumulative effect of viewing an artist’s body of work is the ability to know about that person’s worldview and understanding and interpretation of life itself.
- Constantine Hondroulis
FINE ART ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
These works are summarily entitled Emergent Images. They originate from the thin intangible areas I often drift through as I am about to be overtaken by unconsciousness. The haze of partial figures and scenes emerge from the darkness in a spiral of surrationality. Depth, time, movement and emotion become one for mere moments. I record a sense of this time visually, by distilling it through the photographic process.
All images are deeply rooted in my subconscious and serve as reminders of many aspects of my life. They reveal their stories with their own unique voices, yet share a common origin. Speaking about ourselves in a language that is familiar to us, to me, is the very essence of artistic expression.
Diese Arbeiten sind Zusammengefasst unter dem Titel Emergent Images. Sie enstanden aus dünnen, nich greifbaren Bereichen, durch welche ich oftmals treibe, wenn ich von Unkenntnis überrollt werde. Die Unklarheiten von teilweisen Figuren und Szenen streben aus der Dunkelheit in einer Spirale aus Unvernunft hervor. Tiefe, Zeit, Bewegung und Emotionen vereinen sich in nichts als Momente. Ich nehme diese Sinne der Zeit visuell auf, in dem ich sie durch den Prozess der Photographie langsam heraustropfen lasse.
Alle Images sind tief verwurzelt in meinem Unterbewusstsein, und dienen der Erinnerung and viele Aspekte meines Lebens. Sie enthüllen ihre Geschichten mit ihren einzigartigen Stimmen, und teilendoch einen gemeinsamen Ursprung. Über uns selbst in einer uns bekannten Sprache zu sprechen, ist für mich die Essenz der künstlerischen Darstellung.