Dustin Steuck is a performance based video installation artist currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Steuck received a double Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2017. Steuck has been selected as an honorable mention for the International Sculpture Center’s 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement Award in contemporary sculpture, and recipient of a 2017 Research Grant funded by the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
With large scale video installations, Steuck creates immersive spaces for viewers to explore. Through physical space on a grand scale, video satisfies his conceptual concerns while the projector fulfills his spatial objectives. Material associations through sculpture has provided Steuck access to confront personal narratives within his video work. Whether the outcome of a piece is physical objects, performance based video, or 2-dimensional, his work is based off the need to document. Reflective materials such as, mylar, chameleon skin, or glitter are physical filters used to distort moving image.
Combining relatively new digital media work, such as video, with flashy materials his installations confront space and dimensions of one’s perceived reality. Parallels between popular culture and art history are integrated through iconography. Examining the current persona present in social media, his work contrasts the authority of the past with the fleeting satisfaction of the new. In a fast paced and overcrowded platform, “likes” and “followers” function as a form of social currency. Finding value in the mainstream of popular culture, Steuck’s installations recontextualize perceptions of narcissism and queer identity.