“Even when you are merely copying, something new is added, whether you like it or not.”
— Gerhard Richter
Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Scott Short. There is an elegance to Short’s unorthodox approach to abstraction, and in this exhibition, viewers will see an evolution in his imagery. Works such as Untitled (red) underscore his process of meticulously painting by hand the abstracted markings made by machine and further his examination of the relationship between the original and the copy, the mechanical and hand-made, abstraction and representation.
The South Gallery will spotlight a series of 48 portraits, Thank you, Adam West, For Helping Make Me The Man I Am Today. In the early 1990s, Short experimented with the persistent copying and reworking of works by Gerhard Richter, including his 48 Portraits. Returning to this as a point of departure, Short’s use of Richter’s standardized format, the seeming uniformity of the portraits, and his choice of cultural icons rendered as Batman belies the underlying absurdism of his own crisis of faith in painting and the heroic and functions as a reminder of its manifestation as banal.
Scott Short (b. 1964 Marion, OH) lives and works in Vallauris, France. In 2007, a solo exhibition entitled Scott Short was held at The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (catalog). Additional exhibitions include A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, The Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL, curated by Michelle Grabner; Decade: Contemporary Collection 2002-2012, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; 2010, Whitney Biennial, curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2010); Gerhard Richter and the Disappearance of the Image in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2010); and No Information Available, curated by Francesco Bonami, (inaugural exhibition), Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2008), among others.Permanent collections include the Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH.