Steve Nyktas

Steve is an Indianapolis-based artist and an Assistant Professor of Art at Butler University. He earned his MFA from Northwestern University in 2007, an MA from Purdue University in 2004, and his BFA from Albion College in 2002. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces including Coconino Center for the Arts (Flagstaff, AZ), Dorsky Gallery (New York, NY), Gallery Four (Baltimore, MD), Rowland Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL), FLAT (Chicago, IL) and The 22nd International Festival Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). Distinctions include the Phillip C. Curtis Visiting Artist Award and the Morton Mickenberg / Martin Sosin Graduate Student Fellowship.


Artist Statement

I tend to be drawn towards a negative, even backwards way of seeing things; a wrong way of looking. I rely on conceptual strategies and the indexical nature of photography to help me observe a version of the everyday that exists just beneath consciousness, otherwise visible only out of the corner of my eye.My process typically starts with ordinary experiences and found objects. Simple moments sometimes stand out and demand focused attention. Found objects can become imbued with meaning by turning them inside out, melting them, or just dropping them on the floor; impulsive, ephemeral acts that seek to reverse, reveal, or twist. Wedging my camera lens underneath the furniture in my home to capture the undersides of things or cutting holes in bottles and containers so that I can photograph their interiors; these are gestures of exploration, as well as introspection.