Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Scott Short. Adhering to a highly detailed and laborious process, Short’s work explores the dialectics of representation - the original and the semblance, the infinite and the temporal, and, above all, the relationship between the machine and the man-made.
Short begins his painting process with a piece of colored construction paper. Using an analog copy machine, he makes a black and white photocopy and continues this process, several hundred times until he finds an image that appeals to him aesthetically from the distortions and the fortuitous failures of reproduction. From this point, Short makes a slide of the image and projects it onto canvas and painstakingly reproduces it, in black oil paint on white primer, until the copies become an original in their own right. What seems simple at first thought, is actually assiduous in practice. The only reference to the original sheet of construction paper is found in the title of the painting. In the words of one scholar:
“Short’s paintings are a wealth of visual effect in which value, arrived at through the textural interplay of black and white, becomes as rich and complex a phenomenon as color itself…(his) manual labor, by following precisely in the footsteps of the machine, allows the copy to become the original, and the abstract to lay claim to being strictly representational.” - Hamza Walker, Education Director, The Renaissance Society
Scott Short lives and works in Vallauris, France. He received his MFA and BFA from Ohio State University. His work will be included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari. Recently, his work was included in the group exhibition Gerhard Richter and the Disappearance of the Image in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy. He has also exhibited at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago and the Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. This is Scott Short’s third exhibition with the gallery.