British Artist Steve Oliver is best-known for his constructed photographic works which are made exclusively in-computer (no cameras), with material sourced from Internet searches. Referring to his source materials as “information images” (i.e. images which do not have aesthetic pretentions, but seek to provide objective visual information), Steve is interested in the camera as a tool which watches, points and captures - but knows not what it means.
Censorship, and the line between public and private representation is a consistent theme. In bringing together a wide range of image-types from surveillance images to family snaps, the work is a literal blending of the public and the private. The extreme specificity of the work, rendered through prosaic subject matter generates a psychological tension; never quite narrative, nor symbolic.
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