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In Still Motion: Gregory Scott at Catherine Edelman Gallery
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In Still Motion:  Gregory Scott at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Artist's Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 5 from 5-8pm Artist Talk in the Gallery: Saturday, Sept. 6 at Noon Gregory Scott uses a visual language that is hybridized, effectively blurring the lines between photography, painting, video, and performance art.

When: 9/5/2014
Where: Catherine Edelman Gallery
300 W. Superior St.
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States
Contact: Catherine Edelman Gallery

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Gregory Scott
In Still Motion

Exhibition Dates:  September 5 - November 1, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist:
Friday, September 5
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Artist Talk in the Gallery:
Saturday, September 6


Gregory Scott is known for blurring the lines between media so effectively that divisions no longer seem to exist at all.  Scott's works are playful and surreal and have a visual rhythm that is addicting to the eye.  We are surprised and delighted by works that use such seemingly diverse methods as painting, photography, video, installation, and performance.  These hybridized works begin in the studio; Scott build sets that are the backdrop of the work.  It is here he begins to play and perform.  Scott will execute a series of actions in the set he builds that are recored and edited down into a 6-10 minute video.  The video is embedded into the surface of the final work.  Since the monitor exists and plays as part of the work, where quite often Scott reveals his magician's strings to us only to make their weaving concrete and ellusive, the distinction between media becomes hard to define.  In revealing (in part) the construction of the final image Scott not only draws us into the work formally, but literally breaks down the barrier between maker and viewer as we endeavor to unlock the secrets of the final composition and become an active part of the piece ourselves. 

Much of Scott's clever play has gone beyond the confines of media.  His role in art history is being solidified for its innovation, but is further established through art-historical references.  Scott has been known to make allusions to specific artists, including Mark Rothko, James Turrell, Cy Twombly, and Frank Stella (Edelman).

Using illusion and surprise, he challenges the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse and creating a dialogue with the viewer. This dialogue can be seen in "Warholian," which shows a photograph of a framed “painting” hanging in a gallery. The painting quickly reveals itself to be a video, showing the artist making his own Warhols, including a silkscreened Marilyn who gets up and walks out of the frame, and a Campbell’s soup can that tips over, pouring out blue paint. In his newest piece, "Half Dome," Scott built a model of Yosemite in his studio, referencing Ansel Adams and the beautiful landscape he made famous. In "Don’t Fade Away," he disappears into walls and staircases, referencing the work of Liu Bolin (Edelman press release).

For more information on this exhibition, or to preview works, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery.
Read the full press release at Catherine Edelman Gallery




Image Information:

Half Dome, 2014 © Gregory Scott 

Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery

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