Transparent Anatomy Pages
Scott G. Lewis enjoys living outside the box. “Los Angles late 1950′s. Not even a memory. Just some black and white photos. The best one, me in a swing, my right leg looking painfully twisted. And then the call from grandfather – “you betta get that checked out”. Gee, so I had a leg brace for a while.”
As a painter, Scott is fascinated by the depths and layers of colors beneath the surface of what appears to be “shiny, clean and accepted”. “Like the face with too much make-up and artificial colored hair.” One of Scott’s influences growing up was the transparent anatomy pages. By turning a page, he could remove one page after another. Scott takes a similar approach in creating his subjects except that he “also wants to exposure what they are thinking, their urges and how they see themselves.” He presents them inside out and he believes who they are becomes how they look in turn, how they interact with each other. “The situations that they are in are treated as an excerpt from a play or story of which the titles are part of. By using the long titles as a narrative device the viewer can get to know the subjects and spend sometime in their world.”
As you go through Scott’s collection, you will notice a common theme that runs though his work – his subjects are of very desperate people. “Many are trying to take advantage of others. They feel they have an angle or appeal that will get them ahead. Others are desperate to be accepted. And others are desperate to dominate a situation. They are all desperate for the good time that will eventually lead to disappointment.”
Scott has an upcoming show this year at New York University’s Fales. He has shown around NYC having a solo show at Wagner Gallery and a group show at Pierro Gallery. To view more of his work please go to his website.