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Steven McCarthy’s Artist Portfolio
Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA
Steven McCarthy’s work has long stood at the confluence of graphic design, art, writing and self-publishing. In artist books and installations such as “Wee Go Library”, the artist remixes written and visual culture. In 2020, McCarthy purchased four, 30-foot by 40-foot billboard vinyls and set about collaging them.
My work explores the idea of authorship, and collage is ideal for this because it provides both parameters and opportunities. I limited my sources to four billboards, and to them alone. While the medium of vinyl billboards is new to me, the approach to rearranging image and language is part of a decades-long artistic pursuit.
Steven McCarthy holds a MFA in Design from Stanford University and a BFA in art from Bradley University. His long-standing interest in theories of design authorship, as both scholar and practitioner, has led to lectures, exhibits, publications and grant-funded research on six continents. He has been in over 125 exhibitions and his artist’s books are in the collections of Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of California-Los Angeles and Berkeley, University of Washington, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry at the University of Iowa. McCarthy is a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Learn more at faculty.design.umn.edu/mccarthy.