Featured in his first solo show at devening projects + editions, Steve Reber will present new sculpture and wall works. Exhibiting a surprising sense of material and space, the new wall works relate directly to the viewer in a way similar to a painted portrait. Frontal and comprised of wire-frame like dimensionality, they come to us and at us inviting close inspection. Assertive in their structural complexity, these uncanny forms also recall upended architectural models for some utopian or futuristic culture. They hover carefully between machine-made and nature-based organisms; they deliver a speculative view of future hybrids.
Steve Reber’s work was recently included in the Dock 6 Design and Art series in Chicago. His recent solo shows include, “Thought Models And Mental Habitats” at Decapario Fine Arts Center; “Threshold Amnesia” at Three Walls and “New Work” at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago. He has participated in numerous group shows including “focus 5” at the Illinois State Museum, “New Art from Chicago” at Road Agent gallery in Dallas as well as at the CADD Art Lab. He was the recipient of an Artadia grant in 2006 and Illinois Arts Council grants in 2006 and 2000. He also received the State Arts Council finalist awards in 2004 and 1999. In 1992 and 1998 he received Maryland State Arts Council grants. Reber has been an active faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1998. He is represented by Slow Gallery in Chicago.