Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A solo exhibition of new works by New York-based artist MICHAEL SCOGGINS .
September 20 - October 25, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Making reference to Naive Art and Art Brut, Scoggins creates large-scale trompe l’oeil replications of scrawled sheets of notebook paper to voice obscure political and psychological opinions. When he reveals his ostensibly personal views and emotions, he does so in a manner that is direct, but distorted by humor and irony. Scoggins’ scrawls feign a child’s perspective to make self deprecatory statements, jab at the political state of America and mock our social values. He achieves this by using fundamental and childlike imagery, language and materials —paper, markers, colored and graphite pencils and crayons. In this newest body of work, Scoggins comments on a range of issues spanning Washington, D.C.-gun control politics to mean girls. The works strive for grandeur in their larger than life size and boldness, but are restrained by the adolescent angst that remains to some degree in everybody.