The Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to welcome its first Library Artist in Residence (LAIR), Steve Rowell. During his residency, Rowell will create new artwork that addresses/engages with the Library building, spaces, collections, history, and/or people. This artwork will be displayed in the Library at the end of the residency in a short-term exhibition, for which there will be a public reception on Thursday, April 23, from 5-7 pm. In addition, he will collaborate with Pitzer Prof. Tarrah Krajnak's Art 110 Intermediate Photography classes and will hold open studio hours Mondays and Thursdays 2-5 PM each week through April 30 (except March 23 and 26). The LAIR studio is on Mudd 3rd floor, next to Keck 2.
Steve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with still and moving images, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. Currently based in Los Angeles, he has lived in Berlin, Chicago, and Washington DC, over the past 20 years. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to ontology and landscape. Rowell contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature; appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer, archeologist, and seer.
For his LAIR project, he will be visiting the Bernard Field Station and in the Library is working with the Water Resources Collection in Special Collections, the California Water Documents collection in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, as well as with various maps and atlases in the Library's general collection.
The inaugural LAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee's Strategic Initiatives Fund.