An accomplished artist and educator, Steve Gurysh will be arriving from Pittsburgh where he taught as an Adjunct Professor and Sculpture Technician in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Gurysh’s practice fluidly integrates sculpture, time-based media, and site-responsive gestures to explore entanglements between economic and ecological systems, geological processes and machinic behaviors. His research compresses expansive narratives into potent objects and experiences that contain wild materialities, speculative relationships to time, and critical reinterpretations of history. His project-based works are uniquely collaborative and are often developed in correspondence with water quality scientists, radiation safety experts, archeologists, engineers, other artists, and non-human participants.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab, as well as a fellowship at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. He has exhibited works at Contemporary Calgary in Canada; the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York; W139, Amsterdam; El Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Mexico; La Société des Arts Technologiques, Montréal; The Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand; and in the center of the Allegheny River.
Gurysh was born in Advance, North Carolina in 1984, and received his BA from the Department of Art at Wake Forest University and his MFA from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He will be joining the University of Kansas community with his partner Lauren Goshinski, an accomplished curator and director of music and new media festivals and projects.