Spanning from found photography to drawing and painting in different media, collage and sculpture, Steven Shearer’s work often pictures metal and rock influenced youth staging itself in heroic, sometimes angry, yet melancholic ways. Shearer sources his images from an almost infinite personal archive containing 70s fanzines, home-made albums, and today’s never-ending stream of amateur photography on the internet, showing mostly young people in rebellious postures. In his drawings and paintings, Shearer combines the iconography found in these images with resemblances of different canonical styles, such as Fauvism, Symbolism or Western Renaissance. The printed works on exhibition can be understood as an extension of the artist’s interest in figurative painting as the scale, rhythm and figure/ground relationships of the compositions are approached with a painterly sensibility.
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Zahnradstrasse 21, CH-8005 Zurich, Switzerland
September 02, 2017 to October 14, 2017