Stevie Love lives and works in her handmade adobe house on the edge of the Mojave Desert, and her work is influenced by the space and magical energy of the desert. Early influences include pared-back modern abstraction and the possibilities of expressing more with less. Color and form are hugely important in her work and content is buried in the physicality of the acrylic paint, which she uses in a sculptural manner, blurring the line between painting and sculpture.
Thick juicy acrylic paint applied by squeeze bottle and pastry bags form three dimensional paint objects that hang freely on walls or in space. These paint objects glorify and give voice to the paint itself, and the addition of faux fur adds a surprise element of humor and absurdity to the seriousness of the endeavor. Peter Frank characterized her work as “the crass and the cosmic”.
Love's solo exhibitions include the inauguration of the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, the RVF Fullerton Museum at California State University San Bernardino, and the Scuola Internazionale di Venezia, Italy. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Riverside Art Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.
Love’s bibliography includes a monograph with essays by Peter Frank and Thomas McGovern, Artscene Gallery Guide, the International Survey of Contemporary Art, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Riverside Press Enterprise, OC Weekly, Art.Blogging.LA, nyartsmagazine.com, Berliner Kunst, International Edition, and zerodegreesart.com.
Artsy Shark Featured Artist:
2019 Metro Gallery, Pomona, California.
2017 Unreal. Metro Gallery, Pomona, California.
Off Axis. Axis Gallery, Sacramento, California.
2016 Metaphysics. Andlab Gallery, Los Angeles.
2015 A Thing for Paint. Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, California.
Metaphysical Humors. Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy.
2014 Cell Theory. Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, California.
2013 Delusional. Groundspace Project, Los Angeles.
2012 Paint Skins. Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California.
2006 Sequence. Andlab Gallery, Los Angeles.
2003 Fluid Jam. Robert V. Fullerton Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, CA.
2002 Previous Incarnations. Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.
Selected Group Exhibitions and Awards
2019 Paintings from the Interior, UCR ArtsBlock, A. Campognone, curator, Riverside, CA.
2018 Riverside City College Gallery, Riverside, California.
Volumen et Rotulus. Rearte Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
Music for Your Eyes. Peter Frank curator, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
Untitled. Paige Wery curator, Artshare LA, Los Angeles.
2017 Los Angeles Painting: Formalism to Street Art. Bruno David Gallery, St.Louis, Missouri.
A Flag Flying Over A Smoking Battlefield. Mat Gleason, curator, AXIS, Sacramento. CA.
Volumen et Rotulus. Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy.
Blue Mountain Gallery, Priscilla Vail Caldwell, curator, New York, New York..
2014 MAS Attack. Max Presneill, curator, VAST Space, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2015 Artslant prize winner. Los Angeles.
Old Broads. Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, California
2013 Award. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Int’l Competition, Los Angeles.
YES. Wini Brewer, curator. Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles.
2012 Artslant prize winner. Los Angeles.
FRESH. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,.
2011 Energy. Howard N Fox, curator, Orange County Ctr for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana CA.
Nip. Habib Kheradyar, curator, Post Gallery, Los Angeles.
Chain Letter. Doug Harvey, curator, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
TelArtPhone. Mat Gleason, curator, Beacon Arts, Inglewood, California.
2008 Gwangwhamoon International Art Festival. Seoul, South Korea, and Beijing, China.
2007 Pillow Talk. Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles.
2006 Hallways. EJ Hauser, Curator, 139 Plymouth, Brooklyn.
Painting’s Edge. Roland Reiss, curator. Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California.
2005 All California Exhibit. Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, California.
Curator’s Award. Peter Frank, curator. Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.
2004 Uncharted Terrain. SOKA University, Aliso Viejo, California.
2002 Off the Wall, Mat Gleason, curator, Coagula Projects, Los Angeles.
Curator’s Award. Jim Reed, curator, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.
2001 Macro Surface. Mat Gleason, curator, Coagula Projects, Los Angeles.
All About Abstraction. Roland Reiss curator’s award, Angels Gate, San Pedro, California.
1999 Los Angeles National Exhibition. Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
Frank, Peter. "Stevie Love, The Crass and the Cosmic”, 2013.
McGovern, Tom. "Stevie Love, Paintings." 2013.
Crussell, Jeffrey. International Survey of Contemporary Art. 2011.
Artscene Gallery Guide. “Continuing and Recommended.” April 2006.
Gottlieb, Shirle. “OK to Touch.” Long Beach Press-Telegram. 2000.
Kugelman, Kerry. “Stevie Love and Gina Han – Sequence.” Art.Blogging.LA. Sept. 13, 2006.
McCorkle, MeryLynn. “Travelogue 21.” nyartsmagazine.com. Berliner Kunst, Int'l edition. May 2003.
McCorkle, MeryLynn. “Travelogue 21.” zerodegreesart.com. May 1, 2003.
Riverside Art Museum. Riverside, California.
Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California.
MFA Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.
BFA California State University, San Bernardino, California.