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Steve Pauley

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Studio Location
"Bergen Street Mark Out", 2006, Granite, 36 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/8"
"Howard", 2004, Marble and Rubber, 60 x 51 x 1 1/2"
"Man/Woman", 2007, Glass, 70 x 46 1/4 x 3/4", installed near "Fall Floor"
"Fall Floor" (detail), 2007, Absolute Black Granite, 19 x 14" dimensions variable
"Thank You Have A Nice Day", 2004, Absolute Black Granite, 18 x 32 x 1 1/4"
Artist's Statement

Commodification of culture, memorialization of the object, and instant gratification drive my work. Granite, often used for tombstones, memorializes the object that is engraved into it. I engrave the image, often litter, onto the granite using a diamond tipped tool, just as one would while engraving tombstones. I also trace graffiti and engrave and sandblast it into granite, marble, or limestone. Graffiti fascinates me because it is swiftly made, a sort of en plein air action painting; sort of making it a very avant-garde art form–when going by the definition of Clement Greenberg. However, when I engrave it into stone the graffiti becomes a carefully planned & detailed work of art, actualized through my repetitive gestures as I engrave the image.


2004 MFA. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

1998 M.A. Marshall University, Huntington, WV
B.A. West Virginia State University, Institute, WV

2009 Freddie's Backroom, Brooklyn, NY;
2007 Crush, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY;Instant Gratification, Della Brown Taylor Gallery, Institute, WV ; High Alert, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

2005 Steve Pauley Recent Works, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009 Rosof, Libby. “Generation Gap in New Jersey”,, April 16.;“To Be or Not to Be at Rutger's Fine Art, Camden”, Brewer Multimedia, March 29.

2007 Cotter, Holland. “Bird Flew Exhibition”, New York Times, Aug. 17. ; Orosz, Monica. “Instant Gratification”, Charleston Daily Mail, Feb.15.