Crosstown Arts / 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280 August 23, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Scott Carter

Join us for an exhibition of new work by Scott Carter. The artist’s intent is that this body of work reflects a fragile intertwining of music, performance, and sculpture while reflecting both digital and intuitive methods of problem solving in the studio.

About the exhibition:
This exhibition emphasizes a relationship between disparate voices. As a metaphor, these voices represent contrasting and divergent forms of the artist’s creative practice. Carter’s interest in music, performance and sculpture oscillates between utter failure, disinterest and frustration to moments where both practices seemingly make sense existing in the same place, both physically and metaphorically. This body of work represents the struggle to produce in both creative fields.

During his recent residency at Crosstown Arts, Carter was allowed the freedom and space to work intuitively and pursue both of these creative endeavors with the assistance of digital tools and advanced fabrication equipment. The artist’s intent is that this body of work reflects a fragile intertwining of music, performance and sculpture while reflecting both digital and intuitive methods of problem solving in the studio.

Artist Statement:
The connections between humans and the built environment interest me, serving as the primary source material for my work. I formulate thoughtful assessments of my environment, exploring connections between art, design and sound.

The physical development of my work is related to a tactile sense for materials. Through the process of examining materials and their function, I am interested in bestowing new value and subverting function. My practice often involves a re-purposing of materials ranging from drywall, carpet, and fluorescent lights to used guitars, drum sets, and electronic components. Metaphorically, these material transitions allow me to explore my interests in the way we experience culture, objects and physical environments.

About the artist:
Scott Carter (b. 1984, United States) is a Wisconsin-based artist, whose work is influenced by the experience of living amongst mass-produced materials, spaces and objects that are inherent in contemporary architecture and design. His work manifests as immersive installations and interactive objects that facilitate subtle shifts in value and attempt to redefine utility in relation to everyday experiences. His practice parallels contemporary discourse in art, design, architecture, and sound.

Scott received his MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, where he was the first recipient of the Eldon Danhausen Fellowship for Sculpture. He has attended funded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and the Ox Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan. In addition he is a recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship for Midwestern artists (2013) and a first place recipient of the Beers Contemporary Emerging Artist Award in Sculpture (2013)

Selected solo shows include include Velocity – Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Il (2017); The Nature of Being – Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, Ga (2015); The Shape of Things – Beers Contemporary, London (2014); Disonar – Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il (2013) and Force Majeure – Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Il (2012); Recent group exhibitions include as site specific installation for In Situ and Linda Warren Projects at Expo Chicago (2014), Building Stories – Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI (2014) and I am What I am Doing – La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO (2014).

In addition, he was a visiting artist as part of DeFINE Art 2015 at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia and recently completed a three month residency as part of the Kohler Arts/Industry program in Kohler, Wisconsin.