Timothy Uriah Steele
Long fascinated with the painting of De Chirico, Diebenkorn, and Hockney — and the philosophical musings of Deleuze, Nietzsche, and Bergson — the work of Timothy Uriah Steele is a delicate dance in the grey areas of reality and metaphysics, digital and analog culture, and the spaces where the psychedelic becomes manifest. In his latest suite of large scale landscapes Steele merges the modernist architecture and aired coastal environments of his Southern California hometown with his love of gradient auto paint techniques into a series of surrealist tableaux whose hallucinogenic color fields become "activated" by the addition of such quotidian — if charged — items as the mescaline-producing San Pedro cactus or an Evil Knievel lunchbox. Finished with an "eruption" of paint from various sculptural volcanoes, the canvases are rendered in various dimensions that defy immediate understanding, but invite you to look further, beyond the horizon, as if to seek the answer to Steele's premise:
"Where is the sky in your dreams?"