SCOTT CARTER (b. 1984, United States) is a Chicago 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 Force Maejure, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Il (2012); Disonar, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Il (2013); The Shape of Things, Beers Contemporary, London (2014) and The Nature of Being, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, Ga (2015). 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 recently a visiting artist as part of DeFINE Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia.
The connections between humans and the built environment interest me, serving as the primary source material for my work. I formulate calculated assessments of my environment, ultimately manifesting connections between art, architecture, design and environmental systems.
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, while affecting each object/spaces relationship to its surroundings. Translation is an appropriate term that can be used to describe the way I approach projects on a formal basis. In many of my projects you will see a literal translation of physical materials ranging from drywall, carpet and fluorescent lights to wheat grass, paper cups and printed texts. Metaphorically these transitions in context and form align themselves conceptually with my interests in examining the way we experience culture, objects and physical environments.
Through the process of de-construction and re-constitution, I find meaning in the objects, architecture and the visual culture that surrounds me. Beyond the context and appearance of the world I attempt to develop new meanings, nurturing relationships between the viewer/user and the object or environments that we encounter. My efforts amount to a playful and creative critique of the way we experience space and the items that inhabit them. Whether those inhabitants be inanimate objects or ourselves as the viewer I carefully consider each as an integral part of an experience, causing actions and reactions through their proximity to my work.