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“My art is not about what I see… Its about what I invite you to see” are the words of contemporary light artist Olivia Steele, who has earned an international reputation for her spirited public neon happenings. Always symbolic and sometimes irreverent, her neon statements suspend time and motion. The interpretable phrases inhabit spaces of contradictory, confrontational or conciliatory meaning. They crystallize the unity between landscape and spectacle that create countless avenues for contemplation.
Proving that “it is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors,” Steele’s style is a synthesis of contrast and contradiction. She encapsulates the contemporary storyteller and uses the traditional medium of neon to form her striking expressions that address the vortex of modernity. Her neon works are short, punctuated truths that mirror the ingenuity (or malaise) of the digital age.

Selected exhibitions
2018
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Get Lost, 2018

Mirror grade polished stainless steel road sign (Pole not included)
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
Edition 3/5
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$6,000
Location
Mexico City
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“My art is not about what I see… Its about what I invite you to see” are the words of contemporary light artist Olivia Steele, who has earned an international reputation for her spirited public neon happenings. Always symbolic and sometimes irreverent, her neon statements suspend time and motion. The interpretable phrases inhabit spaces of contradictory, confrontational or conciliatory meaning. They crystallize the unity between landscape and spectacle that create countless avenues for contemplation.
Proving that “it is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors,” Steele’s style is a synthesis of contrast and contradiction. She encapsulates the contemporary storyteller and uses the traditional medium of neon to form her striking expressions that address the vortex of modernity. Her neon works are short, punctuated truths that mirror the ingenuity (or malaise) of the digital age.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Olivia Steele
Other works from MAIA Contemporary
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