(Steven Silverstein’s) work thoroughly adapts photographic means to painterly ends - relying on the very slight, almost unnoticeable slippage between the two media’s respective factures to provide a mental buzz, a sneaking or sudden realization that what we’re seeing is not quite what we’re seeing...
— Peter Frank, art critic

These abstract photographic works are not created with digital software, close-up lenses, extreme cropping, or chemical processes. They are not photograms.

SELECTED EXHIBITS AND GALLERY INSTALLATIONS

Steven Silverstein: Civic Experiment (solo exhibit and book)- December 2, 2017 - January 20, 2018, Artisseur, Los Angeles, California. Spanning three years, this project began in 2014 as an on-going, non-objective exploration of light, colors, shapes and symbols. At some point, a theme emerged from concern with the way in which cities and suburbs are constructed, governed and experienced. Artist statement →

 A few of the works in Steven Silverstein:Civic Experiment solo exhibit at Artisseur in Los Angeles (L to R):   Utopia (2015),  archival pigment ink on canvas, 45 x 30 inches (114.3 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1;  On the Boulevard (2015) , archival pigment ink on canvas, 40.5 x 30 inches (102.8 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1 ;   Left Behind  (2016), archival pigment ink on canvas, 18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1 ;   Reflections in Case Study  (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 26 x 40 inches (66 x 101.6 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1;  Causeway  (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1.

A few of the works in Steven Silverstein:Civic Experiment solo exhibit at Artisseur in Los Angeles (L to R):  Utopia (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 45 x 30 inches (114.3 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1; On the Boulevard (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 40.5 x 30 inches (102.8 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1; Left Behind (2016), archival pigment ink on canvas, 18 x 21 inches (45.7 x 53.3 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1; Reflections in Case Study (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 26 x 40 inches (66 x 101.6 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1; Causeway (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1.

Split House Project: Contemporary Showcase - October 1, 2015 - February 1, 2016, Santa Monica, California (5 works), selected by architectural firm Michael Kovac & Associates. The opening night was in conjunction with the publication release of "Sense of Space: Elements of California Modernism." Abstract photography works included were On the Boulevard, Black Queen, Haywire, Tangerine Dream and Spaces Within II.  Additional information →

  On the Boulevard (2015) , archival pigment ink on canvas, 40.5 x 30 inches (102.8 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1, by photographer Steven Silverstein, shown in the "Split House Project: Contemporary Showcase. .

On the Boulevard (2015), archival pigment ink on canvas, 40.5 x 30 inches (102.8 x 76.2 cm), Edition of 3, AP 1, by photographer Steven Silverstein, shown in the "Split House Project: Contemporary Showcase. .

 (L to R)  Haywire  (2014),  Tangerine Dream  (2014),  Spaces Within II  (2014) all are rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2), shown in Santa Monica. Each are Editions of 5, AP 1.

(L to R) Haywire (2014), Tangerine Dream (2014), Spaces Within II (2014) all are rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2), shown in Santa Monica. Each are Editions of 5, AP 1.

I See You Exhibition - January 10 - June 10, 2015,  State Capitol, Austin, Texas (2 works); running concurrent with the 50th Anniversary of the national Voting Rights Act of 1965. The six exhibiting contemporary artists were recognized in a Texas Senate Resolution on March 10, 2015 for support of human and civil rights through artistic expression. The two works (including Right On, below) were the only photographic works included in the exhibit. Additional information →

  Right On  (2014), archival pigment ink on rag paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm), shown in the "I See You" exhibit at the Texas Capitol. Edition of 5, AP 1, by photographer Steven Silverstein.

Right On (2014), archival pigment ink on rag paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm), shown in the "I See You" exhibit at the Texas Capitol. Edition of 5, AP 1, by photographer Steven Silverstein.

Permanent Art Gallery Collection - On November 10, 2014 the JW Marriott unveiled its permanent art collection at its gallery in the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, including Spaces Within II (below, right), a color field abstraction on canvas, 56 x 84 inches (142.2 x 213.3 cm). Black Queen (below left) was on loan for the opening. Additional information

  (L to R) Black Queen (2014),  archival pigment ink  on  rag paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm),  Edition of 5, AP 1.  Spaces Within II , canvas, 56 x 84 inches (142.2 x 213.3 cm). Edition of 1, AP 1 by Steven Silverstein photography.

(L to R) Black Queen (2014), archival pigment ink on rag paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm), Edition of 5, AP 1.  Spaces Within II, canvas, 56 x 84 inches (142.2 x 213.3 cm). Edition of 1, AP 1 by Steven Silverstein photography.

Schrodinger's Math: Observe + Decide (2 person show) - April 24 - June 21, 2014, Esperson Gallery. These photographic works on paper are an exploration of the interaction of space, form and color, and its effects on human perception. Since they confuse traditional photographic boundaries with their appearance of brush-stroked textures and painterly illusion, to bring the viewer's perception back to reality, traditional photographic black frames were used to convey that they are, in fact, photographs. Additional views →

 Black Queen (2014), rag paper,  60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm)  by fine art photographer Steven Silverstein  in Schrodinger's Math (2 person show) at Esperson Gallery.

Black Queen (2014), rag paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm) by fine art photographer Steven Silverstein in Schrodinger's Math (2 person show) at Esperson Gallery.

  Tangerine Dream  (2014) by abstract expressionist photographer Steven Silverstein, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm), in 2-person show. Edition of 5, AP 1.

Tangerine Dream (2014) by abstract expressionist photographer Steven Silverstein, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm), in 2-person show. Edition of 5, AP 1.

  High Speed  (2014) by Steven Silverstein photography, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm), in 2-person show, Esperson Gallery. Edition of 5, AP 1.

High Speed (2014) by Steven Silverstein photography, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm), in 2-person show, Esperson Gallery. Edition of 5, AP 1.

 (L to R)  Haywire  (2014),  Runway  (2014),  Spaces Within II , all archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) by abstract expressionist photographer Steven Silverstein at Esperson Gallery. Editions of 5; AP 1.

(L to R) Haywire (2014), Runway (2014), Spaces Within II, all archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) by abstract expressionist photographer Steven Silverstein at Esperson Gallery. Editions of 5; AP 1.

 (L to R)  Right On  (2014), paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm), Winnowing III, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) - abstractions by photographer Steven Silverstein in Schrodinger's Math at Esperson Gallery. Each are Editions of 5, AP 1.

(L to R) Right On (2014), paper, 60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm), Winnowing III, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) - abstractions by photographer Steven Silverstein in Schrodinger's Math at Esperson Gallery. Each are Editions of 5, AP 1.

 Viewer contemplates  Right On , a geometric abstraction by perceptualism photographer Steven Silverstein at Esperson Gallery.

Viewer contemplates Right On, a geometric abstraction by perceptualism photographer Steven Silverstein at Esperson Gallery.