VIM Digital Features 2013: Evan Steenson, Conceptual Artist
Evan Steenson is an emerging Canadian conceptual artist who works in digital
media. He is a member of the 1313 Gallery and lives and works in Toronto.
Avoiding formalism and representation, Evan’s compositions present us with a
renegotiation of the art-as-object versus art-as-image discourse. Often presented
in series, each individual composition becomes an integral component in the
larger concept. As such, these works pose new questions around what it means
to create and display a visual concept.
The visual presentation of Evan’ s concepts oscillates from the bright, utopian
forms of geometric abstraction to the meta-modern, reconfigured and
hypermodified forms of our post millennial culture.
Evan works with a variety of broadly accessible design software, appropriating
and repurposing commercial tools as creative media. In doing so, his
compositions point to the literal and conceptual boundaries of “new” media, as
well as its inherent possibilities.
My body of work to date invites a review, reinterpretation, and re-questioning
of the axioms of visual abstraction through the most important social lens of the
twenty-first century – the computer monitor.