“Some Call It Art” Art by Steven Chayt

BeforeAfter_©_Steven_Chayt Before / After © Steven Chayt
My current work originates in the conceptual art of the 1970s, as well as its roots in surrealism and dada.

 

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First Art Lesson © Steven Chayt

 

Utilizing the juxtaposition of selected photographic images and text, these pieces are meant to strip down to the artist’s free associations.

 

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The Usual Suspects © Steven Chayt

 

They also represent a chronicle of these associations—the pieces shown here are a small fraction of this ongoing project.
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Just Looking / Just Thinking © Steven Chayt

 

I have taken to using toys and miniature figures as cast members. Most of the work has a sense of sardonic humor, but that humor should not be confused with a lack of seriousness.
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Dog People / Cat People © Steven Chayt

 

Rather, these can be considered crystallizations of my encounters with ongoing cultural conversations. In form and content, these pieces foreground the artist’s confrontation with the very roots of perception and cognition.
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I Am / I Know © Steven Chayt
I think of these works as semantic problems for the viewer to consider, and I try to create encounters that provoke similar aha moments.
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Now / Then © Steven Chayt

Many of my pieces start with photographing very small objects, HO scale model railroad figures for example, with the intention of enlarging them to many times their original size. I have adapted a vintage monorail view camera for this purpose. I have successfully made prints two thousand percent larger than the original. One of the problems encountered when photographing objects this close is keeping the entire object in focus. To solve this, I use a technique called focus stacking. I take as many as twenty exposures at slightly different focus points and use a computer program to merge the image files into one.

 


I produce archival prints on stretched, gallery wrapped canvases available in either 12” x 24” or 24” x 48”, limited to an edition of 10. 
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Education
Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BFA from Tufts University
MFA California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts)
Events
ArtPrize 8, Grand Rapids Michigan, 2016

Second Place at Ridge Art Association Fine Arts Show, Winter Haven, FL 2017

Juror’s Choice Award at Winter Haven Central Park Art Festival, Winter Haven, FL, 2017

Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, FL, 2017
Florida’s Finest Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota, FL 2017
Best of the Best, Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington DC, 2017

Award of Honor, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL, 2017

Honorable Mention, Ridge Art Association, Members Exhibition, Winter Haven, FL,2017
Art Pop Street Gallery, Billboard competition winner, 2017
Art Crawl, Lakeland, FL 2017
Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, FL, 2018
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL 2018

The Other Art Fair Chicago  2018
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn 2018
Exhibitions
Tree Swallow Gallery, Winter Haven, FL, 2016
Solo shows: Fringe Creatives, Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, 2017
Arts on Central Gallery, Bartow, FL, 2017
Solo Show at Polk State College Art Gallery, 2018
440 Gallery-Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY, 2018
Treat Gallery – Teenage Dream Show, Brooklyn, NY 2018