When a painter approaches his canvas, he thinks of how his brush can be used to express his intention. The paint is his medium. With my assemblage sculptures, I’m thinking about their composition, but I’m also thinking of things like wattage and lumens. The oddities with which I build my sculptures provide the foundation. The light is my paint. It expresses the fullness of my intention. Unlike many other artists that “happen” to incorporate light as an afterthought, or conversely as the only thought, every decision I make as an artist is dictated by how I can best showcase light, and use it as a means of expression. I think in terms of how light can transform the piece, of how I can best manipulate the medium to add layers of context to my sculpture. Many times, I abandon a sculpture solely because it is not amenable to light. Without light, I am unable to “paint.” Light is also transformative in that it allows my pieces to be highly adaptable, and open to many interpretations. During the day, light plays a support role to the sculptural elements of the piece. People admire its composition, but often fail to notice where the colors of the piece are derived. However, when other works of art go to sleep, my pieces comes to life. Entirely new ideas are presented; entirely new emotions are drawn out. Although my pieces may find themselves housed in a collection and humbly accept their place among other distinguished pieces of art, they have the whole place to themselves once the lights go out. My pieces rarely provide adequate light to read by. Instead, they provide light by which to imagine...allowing the viewer to read into them what she wishes.

He creates with the practicality of science and symmetry, and finds a way to seamlessly marry that with nostalgic remnants of his childhood, keeping his work alluringly curious.
— Amy Jarding for "An Inspiring Interview"
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Artist Statement

Almost all of my pieces are creatures of one sort or another. Even the machines have personalities. In this respect, I would say Dr. Seuss has been a major influence on my work. I, like every other child in the 1960s, grew up reveling in how even the trees in his illustrations seemed to have distinctly-human characteristics. I often say my work doesn’t have any hidden agenda, but perhaps it does. I do strive to reignite that sense of childlike wonder in my viewers, and show that the world around us is alive in ways we fail to see. I employ electricity in virtually every piece I create. It’s almost a “Frankenstein” thing, that light. Flipping the switch on my pieces gives life to an inanimate object, and, I hope, also transfers some life back to the person who flips the switch.

CV

•Arts Night 2016. Everest Gallery. Washington Pavilion. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Feb - May 2016

•12 Inches of Sin, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada. Mar – May 2015

•2nd Annual Juried Exhibition. “Honorable Mention” Everest Gallery. Washington Pavilion. Sioux Falls, South Dakota.Sept – Dec, 2014

•2014 Studio 301 Exhibition. Everest Gallery. Washington Pavilion. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Oct 2014 - Jan 2015

•2013 Studio 301 Exhibition. Everest Gallery. Washington Pavilion. SiouxFalls, South Dakota. Oct 2013 – Jan 14, 2014

•SteveB Art Lighting, a solo exhibition with Fab.com. New York, New York. April 2013

•South Dakota Governor's 5th Biennial Art Exhibition. Washington Pavilion. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Feb 2013-June 2013

•Arts Night Exhibition. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. March – May , 2013

•Some of the Parts, exhibition for the South Dakota Governor's Awards in the Arts. Pierre, South Dakota. Feb. 6, 2013

•South Dakota Governor's 5th Biennial Art Exhibition. South Dakota Art Museum. Brookings, South Dakota. Sept 2012-Jan 2013

•First Annual Juried Exhibition: Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sept – Dec 2012

•Found & Lost. 3-person show, Gallery Go, Aberdeen, South Dakota. Nov 2012

•Take the Day. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Oct 2012

•Arts Night Exhibition. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. March – May, 2012

•South Dakota Governor's 5th Biennial Art Exhibition. various locations. May - Dec, 2012

•Art in the Dark. solo event, Rug & Relic Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. March 2012

•Mighty Teiton Chandelier Festival. Juried exhibition. Teiton, Washington. Nov 2011 – Mar 2012

•Take the Day. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Oct 2011 – Jan 2012

•Eye of the Beholder: Art of the Found Object. Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery. Annapolis, Maryland. Oct – Nov 2011

•Natural Selection 2.0 Mundt Art Gallery, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota. Feb - April 2011

•The Double Header. 3-person show, with Laura Jewell and Amber Pate, Madison Area Arts Council, Madison, South Dakota. Mar 2011

•Take the Day. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Oct 2010 – Jan 2011

•Art-o-Mat. Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. July – Aug 2010

•Arts Night Exhibition. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. March – May, 2010

•Arts Night Exhibition. Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. March – May 2009

•Muse-ic. Collaborative exhibition. Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Aug – Sept 2009