SHOWS @ CJG:
- EXPO Chicago 2015
- ArtPadSF 2013
- Dallas Art Fair 2013
- Miami Project 2012
- It’s Time to Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting
- Dallas Art Fair 2012
- PULSE Miami 2011
- Art Toronto 2011
- Texas Contemporary
- Art Aspen 2011
- NEXT Chicago 2011
If These Walls Could Talk – A Conversation
Group Exhibition in Conjunction with Marine
- Pulse Miami 2010
- Art San Diego 2010
- Art Aspen 2010
- NEXT Chicago 2010
- Pulse NY 2010
- Pulse Miami 2009
- Beyond the Border Art Fair
- Everything You Want, Right Now!
Artist's Resume (pdf, 145.74 Kb)
Artist's Catalog (pdf, 1.79 Mb)
For Steve, art is a bridge that connects uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life. Steve carefully crafts various conditions where he can discuss these ideas with people and have a mutually meaningful exchange. Often this means working collaboratively with the audience, bringing them into the process or even having them physically complete the work.
Steve wants his art to be relevant to those outside the gallery – say, at the nearest bus stop – to reach them in ways that are engaging and fun. He intends what he does to be funny, but at the core of each piece there is also a solemn critique. It’s important to be able to laugh while actively questioning the various power structures at work in our daily lives.
He has the unabashedly optimistic belief that art changes the way people look at the world. That belief fuels a pragmatic approach to bring about those changes.
Steve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.
Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, and Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).
Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. His work has been shown at galleries, art spaces, and museums nationally and internationally, and in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The United States Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, Good, Dwell, ARTnews, Punk Planet, and Newsweek.
He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from an reputable art school and reputable state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.
Wealth or Happiness Aluminum, neon, enamel, electronics, vintage knife switch, 14 x 54 x 7.25 inches, 2012
Press Release (pdf, 140.38 Kb)
Do It, 2009 | Edition of 10 | Mixed Media | 6 x 10 x 5 inches