Born 1976, Gore (NZ). Lives and works in Christchurch (NZ)
Steve Carr’s work is frequently about precise moments of transformation, he uses lens-based practices as well as sculpture to explore and interfere with a range of materials and entities, from apples and watermelons, to balloons filled with paint, shuttle-cocks, fireworks and smoke. The artist himself often the subject of the change. He has become half-animal, a strange man-child, and a pre-teen girl. He has turned fire extinguishers into glass, bear rugs into wood, tyres into bouquets, and even himself into popcorn.
Carr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts, Dunedin in 1998, and in 2003 he gained a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland. Carr co-founded Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space in 1999. Solo exhibitions in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia include: Chasing the Light, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, City Gallery, Wellington (2019) and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2018); A Manual for Small Archives, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2016); Stretching Time, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2014); Smoke Films, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012) and Goes Nowhere Like a Rainbow, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2007), Te Tuhi, Auckland (2006).