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Dr Grant Stevens

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Grant Stevens is an artist and academic with specific interests in photographic and moving image theory and practice.

Stevens’s artistic practice uses video, photography, sculpture and installation to explore the verbal and non-verbal ‘languages’ of screen culture. Often treading a fine line between vacuous and profound, Stevens's work merges the highly personal with the bleakly generic to explore the apathies and oxymorons plaguing the...view more

Grant Stevens is an artist and academic with specific interests in photographic and moving image theory and practice.

Stevens’s artistic practice uses video, photography, sculpture and installation to explore the verbal and non-verbal ‘languages’ of screen culture. Often treading a fine line between vacuous and profound, Stevens's work merges the highly personal with the bleakly generic to explore the apathies and oxymorons plaguing the 21st Century self. His works regularly take their inspiration and reference material directly from television, movies, and the Interent, as they seek to unravel ambivalent connections between cultural clichés and lived experiences. 

His artworks have been exhibited widely, including at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) as well as in public and private galleries in New Zealand, Italy, the UK, Norway, the USA, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and China.

Stevens has received numerous awards, grants and prizes, including two New Work Grants and two Skills and Development Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts. He has undertaken residencies in Los Angeles, Shenzhen and Sydney, and his work has been written about widely. His artworks are held in many public and private collections across Australia and internationally, and he is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney and Starkwhite, Auckland.

Stevens’s PhD (completed in 2007 at the Queensland Univeristy of Technology), examined theories and practices of editing in art, film and writing. His ongoing research continues to examine the relationships between contemporary art, image technologies, visual culture, and theories of identity and subjectivity. Stevens has written about numerous artists and exhibitions, and has published on recent impulses in contemporary moving image art, as well as the impacts of digital culture on teaching and learning.

Stevens has experience teaching across theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on photography and moving image art.

 

 


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Stevens has supervised postgraduate candidates across a diverse range of contemporary art practice, including photography, moving image, performance art, socially-engaged art, painting, sculpture, text-based art, and media arts. Supervised postgraduate candidates have also examined theories and philosophies of digital culture, film, aesthetics, the archive, self-help, linguistics, conceptual fashion, neoliberalism, accelerationism, the anthropocene, and postcolonial studies.

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UNSW Art & Design

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