You might have seen his work at local businesses such as Homespun, LUNA, Artifacts, Indy Reads or The Funk Yard. His localized, city-specific works of art go hand in hand with the “shop local” movement that has hit Indy, and with a price point that can fit into anyone’s budget, you have to pick up some of his work if you love your city.
Steven Schubert is a Spanish Instructor at Butler by day with an artistic focus on Midwestern metropolises by night. He is a self-taught photographer with no formal training in art. “I thought that graphic design would be a way to use some of the skills I learned in photography, such as composition and color, and apply them to my own creations. Inspiration is the primary requirement, once you have that you’ll go out and learn the tools you need to make that art a reality.”
Steven designs posters, cards and postcards using various styles, drawing upon vintage pop art, political art, nostalgic references and a feeling that is true to our urban spaces. His designs look at aging cities, working class roots, signature architecture and the gritty elegance of our urban legacy.
Created at home and then digitally printed, some of Steven’s designs range from $2-$20 (unframed). “My experiences in the city inspire me. If I see a praying mantis in my backyard, I use that image. If I see impressive architectural design, I incorporate it into my art. It’s quite random, really. There is always an endless supply of motifs and styles to work with in the fabric of Indianapolis, or any city in fact.”
Steven wants to share his love of Indianapolis to the local residents and beyond. “I have modest goals for my designs. I want to get them into as many hands as possible, and also to people who are not in Indianapolis so they can form a positive impression of the city. I think other cities know we are up-and-coming and postcards or cards that look attractive and connect to Indianapolis will help get the word out we’re not Naptown anymore.”
His designs don’t hold to a specific aesthetic. Steven jumps around in different styles to see what works best for Indianapolis, or Cincinnati or even Detroit. In doing this, he makes different styles of images that different people would enjoy. “I want people of all ages and orientations to find something they like.”
While Steven has attended ORANJE in the past, this will be his first time as a participant. “I have attended Oranje once a few years back. The DJ dance floor was fantastic, and I had a blast seeing Beta Male; they kicked ass. I remember it as a exciting blur mostly, I must admit. I like the idea that Oranje is a night of urban madness, art and music that feels metropolitan and connected with global youth culture. You can’t have something like this in the Hoosier hinterland – you know you’re in the city when you walk through the gates.”