The Strangeness of This Idea by Kate Steciw
Published by Hassla Books
By juxtaposing or superimposing the mundane or expected with the altered or intangible, Kate Steciw allows (or even forces) a photograph to move beyond the 2D and exist in 3D and even 4D spaces or implied spaces. With The Strangeness of This Idea, she strives to expose the failure of the photographic object to reflect an increasingly immaterial world and the demands that world makes on our perceptions. By returning that ‘other’ material to a photographic space/surface or juxtaposing it with a ‘straight’ image, a relationship is drawn between the evolving abstraction of photographic/graphic space and the abstraction inherent in all photography. It is this perceptual volleying between the solid or tangible and the immaterial or altered that, in my opinion, best characterizes the mutable nature of the contemporary visual experience – solid/static to liquid/dynamic and back again.