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 1997
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”, TheArtBlog.org, 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.