Phase-Shift | work In-Progress | 2015
Scott Andrew is half crystal, half human.
He is a multimedia artist, whose immersive videos, installations, and performances evoke a childlike yearning for play. He garners the ability for viewers to participate in the act of creation, and to activate the work by developing a stage for personal interactions. This process transcends the passive relationship that viewers often experience with a work of art, and the art world’s stigma against emotional manipulation through entertainment.
The absurd encounters that Scott manifests embrace the spectacle with an affinity for maximalism; over stimulating viewers through the excessive selection of materials, and media.
More is always more1.
Methods of assemblage that pull from the tradition of drag are integral to the creation of Scott’s characters and environments. Discarded thrift store kitsch finds an opulent new life through a reimagining of its usefulness and worth. These decadently rendered materials are set in motion to expose camp's attack of the present via the detritus of the past2, and the ubiquitous nature of excess in society.
Scott’s works are full sensory and meditative, while employing a confrontational tension through rhythmic and saturated imagery. Prominent reoccurring themes in the work include portals to other worlds, voids and vortexes, entrapment, and the need to break free. The work is discursive of investigations into alternative forms of masculinity, blurring lines between mismatched sexual fetishes, and the generation of gender queer nightmares and fantasies. Scott also softly approaches scientific interests in quantum mechanics, the permeability of space-time, and post-humanism as means for metaphysical archeologically that digs into other dimensions.
2 John Musser
Scott Andrew is a Visiting Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where he received his MFA in 2013. He has worked as a fashion instructor at the Andy Warhol Museum, a Co-Producer of Trans-Q Television, and is Co-Founder of both the Drift, and the Institute for New Feeling. Scott has been a fellow of both the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and PIttsburgh Filmmakers Flight School. His work has been exhibited at MIX NYC, Envoy Enterprises, Geffen Contemporary, Anthology Film Archives, The Kinsey Institute, The Center for Sex and Culture, and The Andy Warhol Museum.