September 28, 2012

Will Steacy Exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy - Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA - Through December 15, 2012

Will Steacy, Portrait of the artist with "The Beast," 2012. 
Courtesy of the artist, Michael Mazzeo Projects, New York, and Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich.

Presented against the backdrop of the 2012 election season, Will Steacy's new installation is both a chronicle and a critique of a nation where a once-attainable "American Dream" has been replaced, for so many, by a desperate effort to survive.

At the heart of the exhibition is Will Steacy's 170-foot collage, which he dubs "The Beast." A systematic, often eviscerating dissection of American policies and politics, the collage is made up of thousands of clippings from newspapers collected over the years, his own photographs and writings, and found objects. Thirty-two photographs from earlier and ongoing projects accompany the exhibition at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburg, a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to presenting contemporary photography.

Will Steacy, Condos, Chicago, 2008. Archival pigment print. 
Courtesy of the artist, Michael Mazzeo Projects, New York, and Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich.

WILL STEACY is one of the most exciting and influential young photographers working today. Raised in Philadelphia, he comes from five generations of newspaper men and worked as a union laborer before becoming a photographer. The artist received his B.F.A. from New York University in 2003 and was named one of the Photo District News' 30 Emerging Photographers To Watch in 2011. He is also the recipient of prestigious awards such as The Tierney Fellowship and The Aperture Foundation-Illumination Fund Green Cart Photography Commission.

Will Steacy's work has been widely exhibited, collected, and featured on CNN, NPR, and BBC, and in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper's, Time, Newsweek, and The Guardian, amongst others. His books include The Monstropolous Beast (Christophe Guy Gallerie, 2010), Photographs Not Taken (Daylight, 2012), and the forthcoming Down These Mean Streets (B. Frank Books, 2012). The artist is represented by Michael Mazzeo Projects in New York and Christophe Guy Gallerie in Zurich.

On October 27, Silver Eye is cleaning out its attic, storage, and closets and having a good old-fashioned garage sale in the courtyard. They've got old iMacs, printers, cameras (including a vintage large format Calumet), framed and unframed art, art books, posters, magazines, and much more. There will also be a BBQ, brews, and local DJs spinning vinyl. Admission is free to the public.


Silver Eye Center for Photography 
1015 East Carson Street, Southside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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