Olivia Steele's concise statements are meant to convey powerful, resonant messages to the widest possible audience. Her primary medium of choice is hand-formed glass filled with neon gas, although she has also ventured avidly into the use of industrial materials more commonly associated with traffic signage.
Steele enters a meditative state when creating and installing her works. She aims to empower individuals through personal, inner musings and time-tested philosophical wisdom that personally inspire her. Her innate fascination with the sublime and the
spiritual manifest and inform her semiotic sculpture to create layered meaning.
Steele’s motivation to create art is utilitarian; she wants her work to induce reflection, growth, and positive transformation in each viewer, all the while penetrating boundaries between form and function. The often illuminated acumens are meant to initiate both an inner dialog and external connection to humanity, ideally acting as literal and figurative beacons of light.
Olivia Steele (1985- ) was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently works primarily in Berlin, Germany and Mexico.
Always symbolic and sometimes irreverent, Steele's work aims to suspend time and motion through unexpected neon statements and industrial road signage. Steele is interested in juxtaposing contradictory, confrontational, and conciliatory meanings, unified with landscapes to evoke deep contemplation in humanity. Aside from the iconic and
often humorous style of Steele’s work, her interventions are pointedly placed in
environments that may prompt existential musings.
The Beauty Project, with Stefan Sagmeister and RETNA, Mexico City, Mexico
Looking Forward, Group Show, Galleria Torbandena Projects, Trieste, Italy
Afrika Burn, Design and construction of stage and Neon installation in collaboration with Bridges for Music, Cape Town, South Africa.
Miami Beach Edition, Exhibition of works for Art Week, Miami
Scope Art Fair, Group Show, Art Angels Gallery, Miami
Faux Real, Solo Show, Circle Culture, Berlin
What You Seek Is Seeking You..., Burning Man, Black Rock City Nevada
Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness, Group Show, Lights of Soho Gallery, London
LIT, Group Exhibition, Cornell Museum, Delray, Florida
Public Display of Affection, Urban Interventions Project, Tulum
The Little House, Collaboration with Moral Turgeman, Burning Man Arts, Black Rock City
You Are Exactly Where You Need To Be, Installation for Burning Man, Black Rock City
Berlin Art Week, Group Show, Cirlcue Culture Gallery, Berlin
Some Place Like Home, Rumney Guggenheim Gallery, New York
Hello Darkness and Viva La Muerte, Day of the Dead, Oaxaca.
VIENNAFAIR, Circle Culture Gallery, Vienna
Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery at Hotel de Rome, Berlin.
Nothing is what it seems, Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg
Atrium for Art Basel Miami, solo show, Miami
The Corner, Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin.
POTSE 68., Group Show, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Installation for Pret A Diner (PAD), Art Basel, Basel
Collaboration with Stefan Strumbel, Circle Culture Gallery at PAD, Berlin
The Truth Hurts, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
Art Karlsruhe, Art Fair, Circle Culture Gallery, Karlsruhe
Ephemeral, Group Show, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin.
Exhibition of Neon Artworks, Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery at Corner Store, Berlin
Acquired Taste, Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery at Soho House, West Hollywood
Save The Best For Last, Solo Show, Circle Culture Gallery at PAD, Berlin
Gallery Weekend, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin.
The Melting Pot, Ulf Saupe Galerie, Berlin
Up Against The Wall, with Maximillian Weidemann at PAD, Berlin
The Minotaur, Lazarides Gallery, London