Steve Oliver is best-known for his filmic, constructed photographic works made with material sourced from Internet searches. His associative, editorial approach to image-making draws upon the possibilities presented by vast, searchable image databases and search algorithms. Incorporating images culled from advertising, journalism, surveillance capture, social media and family snaps, the work is a literal blending of the public and the private. The work can be said to function like memory, with the integrity of the perceived whole collapsing upon close inspection. Thematically, his practice circles issues of provenance, privacy, censorship, authenticity and the struggle to extract a signal from the noise of the internet. The extreme specificity of the work, rendered through prosaic subject matter generates a psychological tension; never quite narrative, nor symbolic.

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The Devil, Probably
The Devil, Probably

​Constructed photograph 2017 Lambda print on clear acrylic. 455 x 340mm. Edition of two, plus one artist's proof.

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Turn on your evil records
Turn on your evil records

​Constructed photograph 2021 Lambda print on clear acrylic. 633 x 480mm Edition of two, plus one artist's proof.

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Andy or Jenny
Andy or Jenny

2019 ​Constructed photograph Lambda print on clear acrylic. 1220 x 930mm Edition of two, plus one artist's proof.

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The Devil, Probably
The Devil, Probably

​Constructed photograph 2017 Lambda print on clear acrylic. 455 x 340mm. Edition of two, plus one artist's proof.

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