This 3-color screenprint is printed on Rives BFK paper in an edition of 9. Tate’s eight print Oil Can series takes this symbol of American progress and prosperity and emblazons it with slogans and images invoking the darker side of American economic expansion both throughout our history and into the present.
“I’m kept inspired by the failings of society, politics, and the economy. Once these three entities stop screwing up, I’ll put the cap back on my marker.” – Tate Foley, 2012
Working from a broad and deep knowledge of many different artistic disciplines with a printmaking core, Tate Foley creates art that distorts and twists the expected relationships between pictures and text. The inviting, flatly colored images draw the viewer in, then force them to confront a darker meaning behind what was at first something familiar.
Tate Foley was born in Millerton, a small rural town in Northcentral Pennsylvania. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art/Visiting Artist at Webster University. Learn more about Tate at http://www.tatemillerton.com/.