c-print, oak frame, decals, granite tiles, chrome emblem
60 x 44 inches
(image is a detail of whole work)
The image on the left by long established-great James Rosenquist
The image on the right by a new favorite Kate Steciw
Rosenquist famously began his career as an artist, working as a commercial sign painter. His paintings, especially the early ones, are a confluence of the mass-media images newly invading 1960s American life. A car, a saucy lady, and canned spaghetti
Steciw, with a sociology undergrad, and an MFA concentrating in photography, spent time working as a photo-retoucher. She creates assemblages representing the manic saturation of the online consumer experience. The title lists all the search terms from which Steciw gleaned her sources, from edam cheese to a golf buggy.
With bright pop colors and incongruous compositions, Steciw is clearly an apprentice of the master rosenquist. Yet she updates his ideas to reflect the visual chaos we now experience everyday thanks to the interwebs.... Cat with eyebrows anyone?