The Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Scott Short. Expanding upon a precise and highly laborious art making technique, Short’s new works continue to investigate the dialectics of representation and the relationship between the mechanical and hand-made.
The genesis of these elaborately rendered paintings begins as simple colored construction paper that the artist copies on a black-and-white photocopying machine. He then takes that first copy and repeats the copying process, perhaps a dozen times, or as many as several hundred times, until the layering of copy over copy creates an image that Scott finds appealing - in effect these images emerge from the “flaws” that are inherent to this process. The final chosen image is then photographed and projected onto a large primed canvas, where Short begins a meticulous rendering of the original using black oil paint.
Despite the technical restraints and precise fidelity to the original, Short has stated that the painting process is subordinate to the effects of the copy. Randomness and acts-of-faith play a part in Short’s adherence to the copy machine’s unpredictable translations of patterns and abstract marks. By way of both process and concept, “Short”, writes Leah Ollman in the Los Angeles Times:
“…joins a cadre of thinkers, makers and re-makers (from Walter Benjamin on up through Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and beyond) who muse on the meaning of authorship and originality, the simultaneity of abstraction and representation, the assignation of value, the porous boundary separating objectivity from subjectivity.”
Currently based in Vallauris, France, Scott Short received his MFA and BFA from Ohio State University. His work has been included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in group exhibitions entitled “Gerhard Richter and the Disappearance of the Image in Contemporary Art” at the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy and at the Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. He also had a solo exhibition at The Rennaissance Society at The University of Chicago for which a catalog has recently been produced.