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Scott McDonald Exhibit, April 2017

Artist Talk:

 

Scott McDonald can be found in Anchorage for most of the winter, and somewhere around Homer for most of the summer. He studied painting at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and currently teaches art to kids in the Anchorage School District. More importantly, he makes new art everyday.

“I’m interested in exploiting imagery as a catalyst for emotional outcomes. My subjects have always been iconic, singular and archetypical: figures, boats, guns, beer cans, potted plants. Anything too exact or specific gains too much meaning, so I stay away from detail. I like big, simple, universal ideas and I like the small nuances, intended or not, that emerge from a sincere and thoughtful struggle. The content of the image isn’t what interests me as much as the emotional affect it might acquire through the process of patching things together to form a cohesive whole. If I do this honestly I think the work has presence and is worth presenting.

I like to resolve the problems I create for myself. I like to work. I work to see what will happen. I experiment. I adjust and alter and re-adjust. I ask my work what it needs and it tells me what to do. I like the bold step of trying something untested, of not censoring, of letting intuition take over. I like working without contemplation or self-censure—but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes there is an eternity of contemplation and mediation, of turmoil. That’s the process.  I’m interested in being honest to my process.

I recreate the same images I like many times because I’m interested in how a singular idea or set of actions can have many different outcomes without becoming redundant, but rather. I’m attempting to use repetition of shape, color, imagery, textures, and line to explore unique outcomes. I use paper, paint, crude printmaking processes, and scissors. I scratch, brush, roll, spray, and glue.”

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