Bareiss Gallery | 15 State Rd 150 | PO Box 3366 Taos NM 87571 | 575-776-2284
Various media have remarked Steve Storz as gizmologist, techno-sculptor, having mad scientist sensibilities, (his mark) scurries across surfaces and builds impossible organisms.
Originally from Texas City, TX, he has studied and worked across the United States, including the rugged coast of OR, Silicon Valley, NY and currently an active member of the artistic community in Northern NM with studios in Taos and Gallup. Early influences led to drawing organic spaceships and constructing crude kinetic monster sculptures. After an education of the basics of electrical engineering, he set up studios in demoded canneries of Silicon Valley, where he built miniature, futuristic-cities, styrene tower sculptures, lit with hundreds of glass fiber optic strands. Elaborate texture and details soon blossomed in all of his work. He combined electronics with welded scrap metal to make steel towers … windows often glowing, lending a feeling of inhabitance. Silicon Valley’s vast supply of technological cast-offs gave Storz the inspiration for an on-going series of Grunge Machines; unsettling, scrappy gloss black, or rusted, machines with red glowing LEDs, that grind, twitch, bubble, twirl. Throughout, he has continued with mixed medium drawings and paintings; interpretations of wild interior thoughts.
Among his varied accomplishments are a Guiness Book World Record, tenure as a respected gallery consultant, founder of ART123 Gallery, continuing development of Lila artist retreat, and lead scientist and researcher of the Mad Scientist Club.
He counts his collaborations and friendships with artists such as Ted Egri, Raymond R. Avalos, Leslie Streit, Randal Lagro, Timothy Nero, Frank Turley, (to name only a very few) as his most important art schooling.