Kate Steciw, "Accessory, Anxiety, Background, Bag, Beauty, Bike, Big, Black, Blue, Bright, Brown, Buckle, Carry, Clasp, Cusp, Elegance, Fashion, Female, Glamor, Gold, Hand, Leather, Lux, Modern, New, Object, Pattern, Pills, Red, Retail, Rhinestone, Shopping, Single, Strap, Style, Texture, Urban, White, White Woman", 2012, C-Print, oak frame, embroidered patch, chrome lettering, handlebar wraps, 60x44”

Kate Steciw, “Accessory, Anxiety, Background, Bag, Beauty, Bike, Big, Black, Blue, Bright, Brown, Buckle, Carry, Clasp, Cusp, Elegance, Fashion, Female, Glamor, Gold, Hand, Leather, Lux, Modern, New, Object, Pattern, Pills, Red, Retail, Rhinestone, Shopping, Single, Strap, Style, Texture, Urban, White, White Woman”, 2012, C-Print, oak frame, embroidered patch, chrome lettering, handlebar wraps, 60×44”

Kate Steciw

I apply skills learned as a professional retoucher to create abstract digital collages from stock images which are then combined with 3D elements in photo-based sculptural works. Utilizing unseen aspects of the images such as their keywords and metadata, I link the imagery with objects and embellishments found online to give form to the kind of nonlinear logic native to the online experience. A familiar yet unsettling confluence of two and three dimensional space is achieved by adhering these elements directly to the framed piece. Prioritizing the processes of editing verus creation, I am interested in the expressive potential laying dormant in these highly pre-aestheticized images, objects and programs we take for granted in our daily lives.

Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Kate Steciw (Brooklyn, NY) earned a BA from Smith College and received her MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kate’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in group exhibitions at venues such as Hungry Man Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Gregor Staiger Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland), Higher Pictures, Horton Gallery, and BAMart (all in NYC) and solo exhibitions at Green Room (London, England) and Toomer Labzda (NYC) where her work is represented. She has been featured in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Interview Magazine, Art Forum Online, and Saatchi Online. Her first book, The Strangeness of This Idea, was published in 2010 by Hassla Books.

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