Olivia Steele's works juxtapose some of today's most striking social ambiguities in the form they choose and the message they convey. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1985, Steele uses neon, video and listed building facades to create her double entendres – based on select references that jar the viewer beyond the everyday. On a symbolic level, the results she produces are both iconic and personal. The reactions her works provoke are equally ambivalent: humorous and irritating. One thing they do not do, however, is leave the viewer indifferent. True to her belief that "CONTRAST IS THE GREATEST TEACHER."
By charging these famous facades with her independent commentary, she attempts to challenge viewers’ assumptions about modern culture and conventional semiotics. In dialog with public spaces, her more sentimental neon statements straddle the line between sincerity and sarcasm, often leaving her viewer intrigued.
What do Balmain and Steele have in common? They share a piece of a corner! The Corner is Berlin’s most stylish concept store. Find the freshest mix of established labels and young designers, alongside an exciting selection of perfumes and accessories, and now the grand space exhibits 5 neon works of Olivia Steele. Shop, ponder, relish in extravagance and light in this unexpected shopping experience where art meets fashion.
Forget your bags, this is unlike any lobby experience you’ve ever had. Once the historic headquarters of the Dresdner bank, Hotel De Rome is one of Berlin’s most spectacular hotels and now host of contemporary art. Olivia Steele, in collaboration with Circle Culture Gallery is proud to announce a multifaceted exhibition of 11 illuminated works throughout the lobby, bar, and newly renovated “La Banca” restaurant. Let your spirit float through the floor, traveling through its illuminating dialogue as it stimulates empowering thoughts of infinite possibilities. The hotels’ new design concept has unlocked a truly unique public space, setting the stage for artists to continue inspiring its lucky guests. Each guest room is complete with the newly released book of works and installations by Steele.
Hotel de Rome
Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin
Collins Avenue is certainly no stranger to neon. Nestled in South Beach’s historic Art Deco district, a stone’s throw from the Art Basel Miami fair, you can find yourself in contact with one of her most popular Steeleisms, “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything” as you walk down the sidewalk. As an incentive to promote vision through visual art, the medium finds a new home within the walls of Atrium, South Beach’s most exceptionally curated boutique. Steele has taken over a whole window, and the interior with 9 illuminated installations that range from birdcages to vintage channel letters in contrast with neon acumens. Caged above its unsuspecting guests, one contemplates the beauty of the present moment… Paradise is where I am.
Atrium - Art Deco District
1931 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 33139
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? Well, now you can— sort of. For all the dreamers out there, introducing a new line of affordable art— for bed time. Illuminate your dreams with these limited edition art blankets. The debut collection is comprised of a series of five carefully selected artworks woven into a jacquard throw. Like Steele, they are Made in the USA. Protection, warmth, inspiration - give the kind of gift that keeps on giving.
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If you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Giving new light to the term “street art,” this subtle public display of “affection” offers a series connecting thought provoking messages on industrial traffic signs along roadsides while immersed in nature. Tulum, Ibiza, and coming to a city near you…
Tulum, Quintana Roo, México
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