Liz Maugans’ Screen Plays, Gregory Scott video installations at 1point618
SCREEN PLAYS is a new series of collage/mixed media screen prints. Text is cut from old discarded prints and everyday detritus using store-bought stencils. An open silk screen creates unpredictable painterly resist effects and also capitalizes on the possibility of getting two or more variations from a ghost-image transfer. The variations supply a vastly different tenor and emotional delivery from print to print.
Writing and printmaking are naturally connected, and much of my work has explored this text-based union–as instruction, as statement, as sculpture, in literary and poetic forms, as recorded speech, and as the matter or object of the artwork itself. Ideas and themes are mined from my autobiography and specifically in this work, my mid-life commentary. Screen Plays introduces familiar characters in conversations, marking both the relevance and resiliency of people’s private and public lives.
I enlisted 20 of my favorite regional writers (also mid-lifers) to draft from one of these images (selected just for them) their own screen play or scene to be exhibited with the work on a one-page sheet of paper.
In all cases, the openness and ambiguity of language: provokes and suggests, urges and orders, and compels and conflicts the viewer/reader to compare and contrast their own everyday melodramas. My intentional context triggers new meanderings and adventures throughout the private and public process. –Liz Maugans
Gregory Scott blurs the lines between painting and photography, incorporating paintings he makes of himself, or his body back into his photographs. The resulting images are both humorous and odd. They challenge the viewer’s perception of photographic truth. At the age of 49, Scott decided to go to graduate school to strengthen his knowledge of art history and to study video editing. Upon graduation in 2008, he started creating mixed-media video works that combine installation, photography, performance, video and painting.
Gregory Scott builds sets in his studio that serve as his subject. In these sets, he records himself performing a variety of scenarios that are then edited into videos 6 to 10 minutes in length. The sets are then photographed. The resulting wall piece is a mounted photograph with a cut out for a video monitor. The painted element appears on the photographic surface. Each video shows how he constructs the set, breaking down the barrier between maker and viewer.
Gregory Scott was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1957 and received his Bachelor degree from the Institute of Design at IIT in Chicago in 1979 and his Master of Fine Art from Indiana University in 2008. He lives in Cleveland, OH.
Liz Maugans: Screen Plays: Through December 19
6421 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102