Acrylic paint on canvas and wood
Dimensions: 48cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 1.5cm (D) / 18.9" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 0.6" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Like actors on a stage the placement and positioning is a key element to a dynamic performance. "Position please" is a series of three paintings each painting is made up of two panels. I have addressed the canvas panels from all sides like I would my sculptures. Taking into consideration all edges and seams and activating a visual connection between the panels. I'm trying to make my paintings act as sculptures and demand the viewer to move around it to see it from all perspectives.
Scott VanderVoort's recent investigations explore topics of perception, beauty and memory. His work focuses on capturing and formalizing our connection to "balance" and how one might achieve this through the use of positive and negative spacial conditions and materiality. In these areas he searches for visual responses that translate into a place in the mind, a place of senses, the feelings of timelessness with suggestions of familiarity to the unfamiliar.
His works often referred to as "studies" are built from an alphabet he has created to inform the final presentation of the paintings, collages, sculptures and found assemblages. This language serves as his parameters for guiding his process, helping to avoid attention given to artistry or unnecessary layers of perceptions. The invitation is given to acknowledge the complexity within his simplistic approach to the geometry, material handing and final positioning.
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Last Updated Dec 03, 2021
Hometown: New York
Based in: New York & Asia
Scott VanderVoort is a New York-based artist whose work broadly explores themes of impermanence, beauty and the ambiguous divide between art and the mundane. VanderVoort works in both two and three dimensions, with paint, sculpture and installation, and through his art engages viewers in an often playful dialogue about the process by which objects, images and spaces acquire meaning. VanderVoort’s work often involves the process, in his words, of “activating space, place and objects to bring life to what has seemingly been overlooked or disregarded.”
A passionate teacher on art and design, VanderVoort has served for two decades as a professor in Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design department, where he has taught on color, form and space. His lectures on abstract form-making have taken him to Brazil, South Korea, China and Indonesia.
He values his role as an artist in creating projects and ideas that promote the importance of cultural preservation and protecting the art of making by the hands. His artworks balance and celebrate beauty, spirituality and community.
His current paintings promote an exploration in abstraction, modularity, and balance - searching for and to uncover a sweet spot in a compositional arrangement.
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