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STEVE CUSHMAN

Artist / Poet

By Frank Goss

As an artist Steve Cushman is






Biography


In his first solo exhibition "Nine Works" this artist has created from a mix of elements, most of which are not traditionally thought of as artistic media. Wood, stone, lead, found objects and other materials form the structure of his art work. At times these elements are disparate and in the new association created in the sculpture they arrive at a fresh concept ... sometimes clarified by the poem which has been hammered into an element of lead sheeting on his sculpture. There are other works where the association and meaning are much less clear and it appears that the artist has cobbled together items which fight against their physical association. Their adjacenies are sometimes humorous and other times vexing.

Steve Cushman was born in 1945 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and San Diego State University. He lives with his wife, Sheila, in Santa Barbara.

Cushman's poetry has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. His sculpture is part of many Santa Barbara collections. Cushman's work has been most influenced by Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jack Kerouac.

Although his work has been represented by Sullivan Goss for many years, his first solo exhibition is at the Sullivan Goss Santa Barbara venue and is the inaugural exhibit in their new Sculpture Gallery.