ADRIENNE SCOTT, BFA '16, SHOW.17 at Idea Exchange
Adrienne Scott, a graduate from the 2016 BFA class, is a part of the exhibition SHOW.17 at Idea Exchange in Cambridge. SHOW.17 brings together emerging artists from across Ontario whose works, processes and preoccupations are the newest and latest in the ever-changing world of contemporary art. The exhibition is exclusively dedicated to those new on the scene, and gives the necessary and well-deserved voice to the most ambitious and dedicated.
Selected from an open call for submissions, the 14 artists chosen for SHOW.17 shed light on what’s happening today and what Ontario has to offer to the world of contemporary art in the coming years. It is a clear marker of the pulse on the scene, and a reflection of today in the broadest terms.
July 7 – September 2, 2017
1 North Square, Cambridge, O
STATEMENT: I am interested in the potential that abstract images have to carry narrative, and I use found objects and photography to refer to these themes. The works in this exhibition are from my series “Tinker Taxonomy”. This series explores the recording of historical evidence and the mythologizing and distortion that often accompanies this process, and images in this series straddle a formal and scientific stance. The objects are produced using wax, wood, plaster, and other commonplace materials to create forms that generate a strong association with living creatures, and are then scanned to further distort their material origins. They are made to be reminiscent of museological evidence, laid flat and in context to each other for examination, however the objects are also manipulated and juxtaposed to produce compositional cohesion in the image over the value of ‘documentation’.
The resulting pieces appear both fleshy and mechanical. The overall process creates the illusion that they inhabit unnatural painterly spaces which function as loosely formed landscapes, while also referring to painted backdrops of dioramas or studio portraits. Some objects reference both the exterior and interior structures of the body, resembling skin or bone. Other objects are rock-like, and others are graphic and retain the appearance of being man-made. Some of these linear forms appear as physical supports, while others reference units of measure. The arrangements of these fragments creates something that is whole and balanced but still alien, as if these pieces were discovered as archaeological evidence and made to fit into a hypothetical past. The title ‘Tinker Taxonomy’ ties the works to the idea of classification while acknowledging that the objects they depict are the result of play and fabrication. - Adrienne Scott