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Scott Evans : Glass City

Fri. June 13th 2008 - Thu. June 26th 2008
Scott Evans enthusiastically attended high-school art classes, but he was not popular with his art teachers because of a seemingly anarchist attitude toward creativity. Evans was not popular with his instructors at the Emily Carr College of Art either, because of his fixation with making art from junk found in Thrift shops. Evan's basement studio is filled with the kind of bug-filled stuff that beach combers and hikers consider treasure: dried seaweed, skulls, dried up starfish, moss and lichen, rusty tools - as well as much broken man-made stuff and a fabulous collection of anonymous glass objects. He justifies his strange habit as "hunting and gathering," a two-part process involving "Thrift stores and hiking in nature." The exhibition consists of pristine clear glass objects, such as specimen jars, kerosene lamp chimneys and ashtrays, all cluttered together to mimic a fantastic futuristic urban place. He prefers glass objects that can easily be disconnected from their expected usage, giving the installation an eerie otherworld quality that will be enhanced by the reflections, shadows and strange transparencies caused by the upward-pointing soft lights installed beneath the 36 by 60 inch glass plate on which his "city" will stand.
Whereas artworks made with the detritus of nature's seasonal processes of birth, flowering and decay remind us humans of our natural place in the cosmos, Glass City, clearly criticizes modern humankind's preference for a safe, clean urban world that keeps nature at bay.
There are no insects in Scott Evans' world of glass. Evans' characterizes his practice as "using" these [glass] objects as building blocks [to] create magical, alien worlds, crumbling utopias and surreal scenerios." He "strives to awaken wonder and imagination in the viewer, [in which] new possibilities of reality are presented...allowing the viewer to imagine the world differently."
Presented by: The Ministry of Casual Living