|News - events / exhibitions|
|Written by Leo Hsu|
|12 Sep 2012|
Steacy has incorporated photographs from his series Down These Mean Streets into a 170 foot long, two-foot high collage, which he calls "The Beast". The argument made by the collage is closely related to the one made by his photographs, but the collage works at a different scale, pace, and intensity. Steacy's photographs form a visual rhythm within the massive collage, alongside his writings, clippings from newspapers, magazines and comic books, lighters and coins. As with his photography, he has selected specific details to hold to the light and scrutinize, to great combined effect. The photographs and writings describe his vision of the USA today, intertwined with the found imagery and text which allow him many voicings: descriptive, declamatory, ironic. The collage begins by laying out a history, identifying key moments and turning points in US history, and over the course of 110 panels his critique unfolds. From the post-war promise of prosperity, to Reagan-era deregulation, to the 9/11 attacks, to the financial crisis and Great Recession, Steacy shows us what happened to the American Dream. The work is extraordinarily powerful: it can be digested as a flow, as a visual and text dialogue in a section, and in the detail of a particular visual or textual exposition. It blows wide open the possibilities of words and pictures working together.
Steacy's Down These Mean Streets collage is on display at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the exhibit No Job, No Home, No Peace, No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy. The exhibition also includes 32 photographs by Steacy, many of which have never been displayed before. Opening is Friday September 14 at 6:30pm. Steacy will also be speaking at Spaces Corners bookstore in Pittsburgh tonight, September 12, at 7:00pm. Down These Mean Streets will be published by B Frank this fall.
No Job, No Home, No Peace, No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy
September 14- December 15, 2012
Silver Eye Center for Photography
1015 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh PA 15203
Gallery talk with Will Steacy and Ellen Fleurov and Opening
September 14, 2012, 6:30pm
A Conversation with Will Steacy
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 7pm
3803 Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA 15201