Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by Scott Short. Using a specific palette and process, Short explores the relationship between the machine and the man-made, the original and the copy, abstraction and representation, the infinite and the temporal. Short begins each painting with a piece of colored construction paper. Using an analog copy machine, he makes a black and white photocopy of the construction paper. He then makes a photocopy of that photocopy, continuing this process several hundred times. An image ultimately evolves through the degradation of this reproductive process, at which point Short begins the transference of this image to canvas. He makes a slide of the late generation copy, projects it onto canvas, and painstakingly reproduces the image in black oil paint on white primmer. The only reference to the color of the original construction paper remains in the title.
James Yood from Art Forum states: "...the artist's determined resurrection of every infinitesimal squiggle and fleck, and his attentiveness to a kind of visual poetics embedded within the mundane and overlooked makes these images surprisingly evocative. That a photocopy is not a draining of meaning, that it doesn't actually reduce the aura or substance of an original but rather creates a new original every time it scans its predecessor, makes something of nothing, or at least of very little."
Scott Short lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA and BFA from Ohio State University. He will be participating in No Information Available, the inaugural exhibition of the Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, curated by Francesco Bonami in October 2008. He had his first museum show at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago curated by Hamza Walker in 2007.