Steve Reber makes work that appears highly specific but leaves plenty of room to imagine and wonder. Like any beautifully designed thing whose function is destined, the new sculpture in Operate on Low invites us into a world choreographed to take us to that fantastical place where we are better looking, smarter and more refined.
Reber’s work was recently included in Anemic Compass at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Dock 6 Design and Art Series #9, both in Chicago. His recent solo shows include Thought Models and Mental Habitats at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Threshold Amnesia at Three Walls and New Work at the Chicago Cultural Center. He has participated in numerous group shows including Burn It Down at Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Focus 5 at the Illinois State Museum, and New Art from Chicago at Road Agent in Dallas. He was the recipient of an Artadia Award in 2006 and Illinois Arts Council grants in 2006 and 2000. He also received State Arts Council finalist awards in 2004 and 1999. Reber has been an active faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1998.