Exhibition 28.03.2014 - 17.04.2014
Approaching the genre thematically, Samara Scott embraces the flatness and the experience of the painterly, maneuvering its dilemma with decoration.
Scott’s paintings are a semiotic mélange where materiality and the physical existence of components have gone through a cycle of not only appropriation but proper consumption. Tense textural encounters create what the artist calls a “lasagna effect”: Fractions of memories, moments and sensations are held together by a porous membrane that allows for an osmotic exchange between the components. Textures and matter ooze into each other, pollute each other and even overstimulate each other in a constant flow and swirl - like heating up a metabolism.
Indulging into the intensities of her own behavior and into the beauty of sensual and physical consumption of products, objects and matter, Scott’s works are not so much a comment on capitalism but rather laying out how we are lured into the enjoyment of consumption and the experience itself. Rather than taking up a resolved perspective on the collective fantasies of capitalism and postmodernism, the artist allows herself to succumb to the overpowering pseudo- romance of 21st century commodification and spin out its absurdities.
Like a vessel that contains the whole of this cycle, including its metabolic byproducts, Scott's works contain all passages of what follows the first contact of the consumer experience: From the touch to mastication to appropriation and finally dispersion. Things slip through the interstitials of the membrane, squeezed bread rolls, dough, like the consumer’s body fluids, coughing up or blowing his nose.
An additional work by the artist was displayed in the exhibition cabinet [ ] Theresienstr. 48, opposite the Sammlung Brandhorst.
Samara Scott (London, 1984) lives and works in London.
Selected exhibitions: Still Life, Palazzo Peckham, Biennale di Venezia 2013; Verging on the absurd, Contemporary Art Society, London 2013; CdOxdsspi, Rowing, London 2013; Poems, Almanac Projects, London 2013.