Born in Detroit in 1983, Steven Stodor began working with Glitter on Canvas, at age 15. Stodor began supplementing traditional paint with glitter and glue in order achieve a ‘flat’, graphic effect, though the result was anything but flat. His first such work, which imagined a pink, female profile, created primarily on the kitchen table, was the catalyst for a decades long glitter era, which produced daring works on canvas representing popular culture figures and Catholic images.
Moving to San Francisco in 2001, Stodor returned to University at age 24, after a six year hiatus, to study Advertising. Fast forward a couple of years, he found himself back in the Fine Art Department, where he laid claim to a nautical point of view, especially that of International Signal Flags. This focus was derived from Stodor’s upbringing on Lake Michigan added with his now residence of San Francisco. Water, and life on and near the water, has always been an integral source of his self.
After his former Studio was compromised in 2014, Stodor’s practice was considerably altered and downsized. His nautical work, which were primarily representational, mixed media paintings, started to shift towards that of assemblage and installation. His color palette concentrated on primaries and black and white. Stodor acquired his current Studio space in late 2016. He has embarked on yet another evolution since January 2017.
Stodor’s current work is his response to Media incapacitation, and Art as Entertainment; be calm and cool; thoughtful. Through common mediums used, such as resin, paint, plastic, and canvas, a balance is achieved. In each work, representations of color, and O, encapsulated in resin, transform and shift with light. Optical illusions are intentionally offered. He usage of the circle recommends a universal symbol that predates recorded history. Stodor’s process is layered, and fluid; his goal is to create works that emit a desired coolness. Stodor considers himself an artist rather than a painter, one who looks deeper into one self and creates work that is bold and uniquely his own.