The Gering & Lopez gallery in New York is currently featuring an exhibition by Michael Scott '81 entitled "Black and White Line Paintings 1989 – 2011." Scott explains the motivation behind the show:
"Over the last twenty five years my work has taken several forms of expression, from concentric circle or target paintings, to black and white line paintings, to photographs, to cartoon-inspired drawings, to paintings that can be described as psychedelic 'candyland' themed landscapes, to small thickly encaustic abstractions. However, over this period of time, the most pre-dominant works are the 'highly optical' black and white line paintings done since 1989. These are probably the works for which I am best known.
In 1994 I stopped making abstract line paintings but I returned to this type of work in 2002 and 2003 and then most recently in 2010 and 2011. It is this grouping of highly optical black and white line paintings around which I have built this exhibition.
I do not intend for this exhibit to be a survey show or retrospective as it is does not attempt to explain my history as an artist. Rather it presents one type of painting that I have made and returned to making over a twenty five-year period - one that has taken different forms with each re-investigation."
"Black and White Line Paintings 1989 – 2011" will run through Feb. 18.
Scott's next show will begin in April in Brussels at Paolo Vedovi Gallery.
After graduating from Hamilton, Scott went on to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and later received his master of fine arts degree from Hunter College in New York City.