SCOTT CARTER (b. 1984, United States) 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 previously spent six years as an emerging artist and student in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his BFA in Painting from the Atlanta College of Art / Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta. 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 2013 recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship for Midwestern artists. His recent shows include solo exhibitions with Linda Warren Projects in Chicago and The Evanston Art Center in Evanston Illinois. Recent group shows include the CAFKA Biennial in Kitchener/Waterloo Canada as well as an exhibition entitled “Imperfect Symmetry” at Columbia College Chicago. Currently, Scott is working towards a solo show with Beers Contemporary that will take place in London in February 2014. He will also be exhibiting with Beers Contemporary at the 2014 London Art Fair.
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.