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An artistically inspired illusionist, Gregory Scott is now playing at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago through November 1, 2014. You can also catch him at EXPO Chicago (Booth #228) at Navy Pier this week, from September 18 -21st. “In Still Motion” is Scott’s latest incarnation and a fitting pun for his artwork, a collection of videos within photographs.
A creature of constant re-invention, Scott started out as a painter, then expanded into photography, and most recently went back to school for art history and video editing. This show features clever amalgamations of all these influences into pieces of video performance art that feature Scott himself. Each piece is presented as a photograph that incorporates one or more video screens, usually disguised as a frame on a wall in a gallery that continually morphs into other framed artwork, gallery walls, and museum hallways. This is art about art.
Scott moves matter-of-factly in and out of the frames he creates, challenging our perceptions of scale and constructing myriad visual illusions. It’s enriching to have a decent knowledge of art history since every piece seems to pay homage to an artist Scott admires, from Salvador Dali (see “Dreams and Delusions”) to Ansel Adams (see “Half Dome”). At about 5 to 9 minutes each, the video loops are slow-paced enough to make Scott’s artistic tributes verge on the heavy-handed. However, his skills are impressive and Scott wisely interjects his pieces with light-hearted humor.
“In Still Motion” is a show that begs to be seen firsthand. While to some it may seem gimmicky, to others it will be nothing less than a tour de force of integrative visual arts. In terms of innovation alone, it merits attention. So broaden your horizons, go see it and decide for yourself.
For more information about this show, including video links, go to: http://www.edelmangallery.com/exhibitions-and-projects/exhibition-pages/2014/in-still-motion.html
Feature image: Gregory Scott’s “In Still Motion” installation, exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago until November 1, 2014.