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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: collage, satirical pop art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Since the 1970s Steve Gianakos has been reveling in sexism, kiddy porn, cheap comics and coloring-book-style renditions of television characters, and is described as serving it all up with irony, tawdry punch lines and visual puns.

A recent exhibition in New York City, "Whatever Tickles Your Fancy: Works from the 70s to the Present," was the first major showing of the artist's work there in many years. The show included numerous pieces, large and small, serving as both a mini-retrospective and showcase of current interests.

His images, generally derived from the lower echelons of popular culture, are mechanically enlarged, reduced, warped, repeated and recopied before being juxtaposed and joined together. Gianakos might use the same photocopied image several times to tease out different meanings in different contexts. To finish his works, Gianakos applies a layer of protective lacquer that makes the wrinkles and variegations in tone (and toner) permanent. The edges of most works are uneven and jagged, and Gianakos sometimes creates a pretense of the haphazard by integrating images of crumpled or overlapped papers from the margins of the copy machine's glass field.

Gianako's work has titles or subject matter like "Ugly Girl with Big Tits;" an octopus multi-armed-probing a girl's vagina in "Her Parents Were Enthusiastic When she Told Them;" "Mrs. McDonald," a white-haired, older lady who raises her dress to have her mail inserted in her vagina by a smiling kangaroo postman; and "Nothing Doing" is a young girl's refusal to perform fellatio on a boy's enormously lengthy penis.

Before becoming an artist Gianakos was an industrial designer.

From Art in America, October 2002
By William R. Valerio

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