Upstairs at Steve’s will explore the complexity and implicit contradiction that surrounds a 21st century desire for retreat, both literal and metaphysical. As an Artist-in-Residence, Samara Golden draws on FWM’s institutional expertise in textiles and patterning to investigate how the overlapping of contrasting designs and materials can contribute to a dense—even intense—experience.
Upstairs at Steve’s is an installation stemming from a complete upending of an innocent-seeming outdoor tableau. Set in a seaside dune-like landscape, the installation provokes an immediate and overpowering reaction in the viewer that “something happened here.” Upstairs at Steve’s contains a mysterious confluence of colliding narratives involving biography, history, psychology, and natural forces. To achieve this ominous sensation, Golden will strategically place mirrors on the floor and ceiling, distorting perspective and prompting us to question what is real and what is illusion.