I\W: How does restriction breed expression?
Steven Husby: One way I think about it is in terms of restricting a channel. Compression. If you have a force and you interrupt it, it becomes almost stronger through the interruption. I feel like having a very strong, restricted practice acts as a kind of resistance. I have had my work described as being kind of fastidious or detail-oriented, which is true, but I am actually kind of agitated and animated generally. The fun, the game, or the interest in the painting has to do with those two things happening at one time. What freed me up to make these zines was realizing how you can sample from things so expansively as long as there is a constant thing that it filters through. You can really do anything that occurs to you. If it is black and white and a certain size, you could point at anything and you can find an emerging structure. It is kind of overwhelming and exciting. The halftone thing makes it related to the surface and the edge, and it just opens up a whole new realm of things I can speak about.
(Steven is a painter and obsessive Tumblr curator living and working in Rogers Park. Through selective restriction, Steven produces meditative graphics with absolute precision.)