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Anthony Stephenson's curriculum vitae

2017Dromoscopic Photography Dromoscopic Photography 2016 - 2017

CirclesCircles 1996 - 2011

nothing"nothing" 2017

XOXO 1996 - 2016



"Xrds" 2016
acrylic on canvas (dim. var.)
more ... evocative than instructive, these paintings are my interpretations of satellite images of famous traffic intersections.

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Change - 3 Coins 64 Times

"Change - 3 Coins 64 Times" 2011
metallic acrylic on canvas panels 6" x 6" ea.
... a fortune telling game that started off using three yarrow sticks and then later three coins - as a method of composition ...


"Trickle" 2008
oil on canvas (dim. var.)
These works are based on images found on the Internet. They are pictures of gifts in their wrapping which have been brought into Photoshop and pixellated for the male characters and layered and softened for the females. The names are based on the top five philannthropists of 2008.


Mine + Yours = Ours

"Mine + Yours = Ours" 2007
paper & acrylic on canvas (shown with simulated fence frame)
A diagrammatic riff on the cultural.

Disparate Measures

"Disparate Measures" 2007
acrylic on wood fencing, 48" x 60"
The blue area is taken from the shape of a wave pattern of a bird chirp.




"Singularity" 1996
acrylic on canavas, 48" x 48"
What is a painting?
[cf. Roger Penrose and Delueze & Guattari]


Made for Making It, Again
"Made for Making It, Again" 1993
paint on photo & chalk on chalkboard, 35" x 48" (total)
A doubling of interior/exterior mechanisms of materialization

Paint ' Photos
Paint 'n Photos 1991 - 1993
paint on photos, (dim. var.)
paint • photography • cyberspace.

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The Draft of a Movement Too Fast to be Seen
"The Draft of a Movement Too Fast to Be Seen" 1992
acrylic on unstretched canvas, 51" x 51" (dim. var.)
In a cloak of ideology, nothing remains to be seen.

"Trailer" 1992
mixed media, (model 9" high)
This idea, first ignored by the organizers of the 1982 Olympics in Los Angeles, would be ideal for subways (instead of the original highway proposal). Using the principals of animation, a series of images would appear to move as the vehicle speeds by.


Found Improvisations

"Found Improvisations" 1990 detritus (dim. var.)
Compositions were made and photographed where junk had been left in the suburban landscape. A policeman sent to one of the scenes found nothing to charge me with and allowed me to continue.

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Abstract Expressions
"Abstract Expression" (audio ver.) 1989
audio cassette, 2 3⁄4" x 4 1⁄4' x 11⁄16"
Abstracting Expressions – The Emotional Work-out Tape
This condensed version of a song cycle, based on the structure of emotional relationships as understood in a manner akin to the color wheel (cf. Plutchik), is the audio portion of a project begun in video and still seeking completion funds. The sequence included here goes as follows: 1) Surprise 2) awe 3) Fear 4) submission 5) Acceptance 6) love 7) Joy 8) optimism 9) Anticipation 10) agressiveness 11) Anger 12) contempt 13) Disgust 14) remorse 15) Sadness 16) disappointment. Capitalized titles are the "primary" emotions that are combined to define the "secondary" series of titles.
"Philtered Commerce" 1989
Linocuts with gold & silver ink on rice paper
These images were of sexually psychoactive plants were done as an example of self-censorship during the Culture Wars spearheaded by the right-wing during the 1980s.     more ...


"Symbiotistry" 1988,
computer graphics
Using Photoshop version 1.0, these explorations sometimes explored the symbiotic relationships between plants as rough proposals for larger artworks.


Commercial Space Fig. A
"Tryptych" 1981-1987
mixed media, 10" x 75" (total)
Here we have the recombinant value of the word as high abstraction and interactivity.


Commercial Space Fig. A
"Commercial Space (fig. a)" 1986
painted wood with photo, 19 3/4" x 12 1/2" x 3 1/8"
A pre-structuralist construction supporting a trace of a sign signifying nothing anymore than an elaboration of a readymade collage in the Abstract Expressionist style.



"Gramr" 1985
acrylic on canvas with painted particle board, 82" x 54"
A "weighty" interpretation of Painting made after reading Jacques Derrida.




"Mole" 1984
wood, lacquer & paint, 6 3⁄4" x 6 3⁄4" x 8 1⁄2"
This is this.



"Slave" 1984
text & graphics with audio, dim. var.
What was once called intermedia might now be considered early multimedia. This project was created with a boom box, a typewriter, pen and ink, a typesetter and a photocopier. Audio is juxtaposed to images and lyrics or instructions.


Bells Are Ringing
"Bells Are Ringing" 1982
paint on masonite with pearl, 96" x 18"
The song trickles the air in waves as, somewhere, waves crash upon a shore. And in those depths, beauty is formed as the spillover, of one lifetime's dream.


The Baby Slant Step
"The Baby Slant Step" 1983
wood, glue, gold paint, 4" x 5" x 9"
A riff on a piece by Bruce Nauman.



"Dreamstand" 1981
painted wood, 8' x 12 ' x 2 1⁄2'
A podium and derelict's retreat, "Dreamstand" was built at the Los Angeles Times' Times Square where it faced City Hall (the one made famous in the first "War of the Worlds" movie). On the last day of it's exhibit, packing my guitar case, I took the bus downtown. When I got there, I took out the axe I packed, I proceeded to demolish the project. As I was doing this, one of the street people walked up to me and said: "I hope that you realize that you are destroying somebody's home."



"Silver" 1980
paint on canvas, 48" x 24" x 3⁄4"


"Gold" 1980
paint on canvas, 48" x 24" x 3⁄4"
Painting as ontological simulation – see "Drawing"



Bells Are Ringing
"Drawing" 1979
collage on gesso, 12 3⁄4 x 16 1⁄2" ea.
"Drawing" was exhibited with "Silver" and "Gold" at the Pacific Stock Exchange in 1980. Visiting Los Angeles some years later, I was downtown and decided to look down a street to see if the building that I used to live in was still there. It was. But draped around it was a banner saying that it was now "The Future Home of the Pacific Stock Exchange."




Beginning with the word as abstraction, “Zounds!” (c.1978) presented onomatopoeia into the conceptual field. These investigations went from the Derridean influenced architectonic (“Gramr” 1985) to image/poetic to Deleuzean diagrammatic (“Mine + Yours = Ours” 2007). Synthesis has been a recurring theme that brings together a morphology and ideology that has evolved into not only conceptual, but sequential investigations. So while certain stylistic qualities are observable throughout this work, an evolving logic supports the content. The work has moved from the astrophysics of “Singularity” (1996) to a series of work titled “The Ambit Suite” (2007) in which the border became the issue, to studies in value with “Trickle” (2008) and “Change” (2011). Mobile affectations have been lined-up in a series of videos entitled “Dromoscopic” (2015) while perspective and abstraction are more of an issue in the "Xrds" (2016) paintings.
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