City of Heroes: New Works by John Diebel + Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott
Rosalux Gallery is proud to present a double feature in November, 2011: City of Heroes: New works by John Diebel and Travels: Paintings by David Malcolm Scott.
With highly structured collage-based images Diebel evokes the era of European totalitarian regimes, exploring their use of architecture as political expression while bridging the gap between idealized conception and the less inspiring truths that arose after construction. Diebel’s polychromatic compositions represent distillations of actual archetypal edifices in Central and Eastern European cities; buildings which today- even when festooned with large-scale advertisements for free-market consumer goods- reveal a tortured history of war, political terror, and contrived civic happiness.
Diebel summons up a visual concurrence in some of his pieces by employing a false 3-dimensional perspective reminiscent of 1980s video games. Buildings angle across the viewing plane as a metaphor for an ideologically conceived path toward a future with no vanishing point. Within this device is expressed a subtle irony, as video game technology was on the rise at precisely the moment that European dictatorships were falling. As Diebel sees it, ultimately both video games and the remnants of fallen regimes represent virtual worlds which are today romanticized, reviled and encapsulated in outdated artifacts.
The paintings of David Malcolm Scott act as a cross-temporal dialogue between the artist and our environment, revealing to us a visual abstraction of the collision between the man-made and the natural worlds. Long and horizontal in dimension (and often taking the form of a scroll), Scott’s watercolor paintings tell visual stories of places and events through time. The artist’s understanding of the spatial reverberations at the intersection of human and environmental forces is further enhanced by his training as an architect, particularly notable in his deft renderings of cityscapes and ancient ruins.
The paintings in Scott’s latest series of work reflect over twenty years of travel, research, and study. Places as far-flung as China and the deserts of the American Southwest, as well as locations closer to his home in Minneapolis are explored in metaphysical timelines. As a corollary to the diversity of his subject matter, Scott’s work incorporates a variety of media beyond watercolor, such as pencil and ink drawing, collage and photography. The resulting work draws the viewer into a rich, non-verbal history recorded in rivers, prairies, lunar cycles and human settlements.
Exhibit runs: November 4- 27, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7-11 PM