stephen irwin, kentucky artist

A few weeks ago, Kentucky artist Stephen Irwin abruptly died from heart failure.  As reported in the Courier-Journal, he was well known in Louisville and was developing a dedicated following in New York, Berlin, and London. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to his work. In his short career, he focused on two topics. Early on, he produced very delicate etchings and drawings. Ascent/Descent (2004), shown here, is a good example. Later on, he moved to producing delicate things from very indelicate things. For example, he made series of edgy works where he took adult magazines and selectively rubbed out the image, creating ghostly traces. It was critical art. Take something blunt and carve the noise away, you could see the beauty and horror underneath. His work will be highlighted in a show called “The Way We Are Now” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, starting January 29, 2011. He was part of the Zephyr Gallery collective in Kentucky and showed at Invisible-Exports in New York. (Warning: Irwin’s adult themed art not appropriate for work or people under 18!)

Written by fabiorojas

January 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

Posted in culture, fabio

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