Artist’s Statement

Cleveland Heights artist Stephen Calhoun


I. hypothesis

Hypothesis: that a congerie may be transformed into a compelling order, driven by the natural urge of consciousness to grasp order, discover shapes and symbols, knit together patterns and unearth archetypal narratives.

To steep ourselves in a subject-matter we have first to plunge into it.— John Dewey

II. a single hope

My art’s aim is to grip the viewer, and then inspire the viewer to seek their own unique discoveries in each piece. The pieces present deep opportunities for visual serendipity by drawing the viewer into experiential, insightful, seeking. Each piece is a numinous intervention aiming to present puzzles that the artist has neither created or solved.

If you have not experienced a thing, it is not true!— Kabir

III. time takes time

I came to my art practice as a matter of my lifelong drive to satisfy my curiosity. This demands that I continue to wander, experience, explore, do experiments. Creating visual pieces is a musical process of spontaneous conduction. My guiding intentions are to learn by doing experiments, discover unique territories, and, experience adventurous creative praxis.

Follow the perfume, not the tracks.— Shams of Tabriz

IV. Coda: Eightfold Concresence (read:Q&A)

The growing together of a many into the unity of a one.
It is “the real constitution of a particular existent.” (A.N. Whitehead)


Each art work constitutes an experiment, The experiment is completed by the viewer’s presence, awareness, and engaged seeking.

question(s)? comment(s)? conversation? contact: | 216.269.5568 (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

My artist’s statement is a living description! Stephen Calhoun, August 2017 


Twelve Aspirations - Stephen Calhoun​ (2017)

 Twelve Aspirations


Stephen Calhoun’s creative projects have in their background his theorist/researcher’s interest in serendipity, generativity, and radically empirical experience in adult learning and development.

Starting as a self-taught graphic designer in 1985, his first fine art works were painted from 1993-2002. He took up the cause of procedural, generative digital art in 2003. In 2009, he took up digital photography, and soon began fusing photography with generative procedures. His experiments have focused on complexity and symmetry since 2013.

He considers himself to be an untutored, self-taught, resourceful and attuned, artistic experimenter. His current artistic catalogue of editions, as of August 2017, numbers over 350 pieces. He has worked exclusively in the digital domain since 2003. His term of art for most of work is: mixed process photography.

Across creative and scholarly domains Stephen is all about being enveloped by experience for the sake of exploration, learning how to learn and unlearn, and, being overtaken by spontaneous insight. Out of this his aim is singular: to provide evocative opportunities for others to seek and experience visual epiphanies.

His background also includes decades spent in the music industry, in organizational assessment and development, and, in experiential learning and adult development. As well, he is a composer/improviser who has recorded, under the name Kamelmauz, nine recordings of ambient and sound designs, using primarily pedal and lap steel guitars and synthesizers.

Stephen Calhoun, Artist (Cleveland, Ohio 1954- )

more talk _Q&A




Most mandalas formulated from original photographs are posted to the shop.

Selected artworks may be purchased directly from the artist. How to buy |||| Catalogue Shop
Please consider investing in a living artist!

(August 2017)  A new catalogue in pdf form for download and consideration:

THE ELEVEN – (pdf) catalogue – self-curated August 2017 – medium & large pieces

Social outposts:

Facebook artist page
Instagram: artist Stephen Calhoun
Tumblr gallery: symmetry-hypothesis.tumblr

Sales Partners:
Selected artworks have been made available to Asian and Canadian collectors via the private collector’s network
and advisory Oh Good Party (Toronto/Shanghai.) Artist, curator and art advisor Art Valero invited me to be part of the
initial roster of EmergART. Open edition artworks and select single edition works are available through Saatchi.
At times, select art works are sold by artFido and artebooking.

Primary catalog works (2012-2015) were exhibited at The Gallery At Gray’s, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2016-June 2017.
The gallerists there, Deba Jean Gray and Serena Harrigan, count as the visionary persons whose support
got the ball rolling. The fifteen pieces completed between 2013-2015 shown in their gallery are tagged
to indicate their primary status
in the growing catalog.

I blog about all sorts of stuff, including art, creativity, experiential learning, adult development, serendipity,
analytical psychology, biosemiotics, enactivism, neurophenomenology, religion, Buddhism, Sufism, poetry & poetics,
anthropology, esoterica, psychology, philosophy, counter-cultures, current events, the world,
the universe:

LinkedIn bio | squareONE: experiential toolmakers | Kamelmauz (music)


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