Waiting in Friday grid lock on the West Side Highway to drop off my lomography artist edition Sardinia camera…
ABSTRACT, ACCENT, ACTIVE, BLOSSOM, COLOR, COMPETITION… by Kate Steciw is a framed digital c-print composed of three commercially licensed stock images. The images (a flower, a swath of waterproof teflon, and a close-up of wet swimming googles) are spliced, stretched, and distorted in Photoshop, creating the effect of an abstract painting. Removed from their original context and intended use, the images act as raw material for a digitally mediated, yet highly personalized, gesture. Paired with photo- based decorative wall decals, the piece creates an environment in which image and context are disrupted to reveal new aesthetic potentials.
"I guess this impulse comes from a drive to reevaluate the predominant media via which so much of our culture is produced and disseminated," she tells Rhizome,”…Similar to the tools used in Photoshop or other editing software, many of the objects we interface with on a daily basis come with prescribed uses. I believe that hidden in these prescribed uses are assumed ideologies that through misuse, omission or recombination can be revealed, reconsidered, or at the very least, interrupted.”
Take a peek at MoMA PS1’s studio visit with Kate to get an even deeper glimpse at her process.
In Brazilian artist Lucio Carvalho's photo illustrations, imagery from favelas invades picturesque views of the world's cultural centers, confronting the viewer with the effects of poverty. See more on Hi-Fructose.