STEVEN SCOTT. ODYSSEY | LIGHT COLOUR TIME
The Stelline Foundation presents Steven Scott. Odyssey. Light Color Time, the first retrospective solo exhibition - curated by Lisa Hockemeyer - dedicated to the last 25 years of Steven Scott's artistic career. His artistic research revolves around the rich complexity of the elements of light, colour and time that interact with space and with the people present. Scott's innate understanding of the elements of light, colour and time, and how humans absorb and relate to sensory stimulation within closed or open spaces, owes much to his previous experiences in the world of the performing arts.
The exhibition opens with the minimal work Corner from 2005, a tribute to Dan Flavin, a recurring theme in Scott's research, and which recalls his latest scenography for the inaugural Requiem at the Opera House Copenhagen in 2006. The iconic Brown Light from 2007 and the large Black Light Triptych from 2005 are further masterpieces of this period. Seemingly marginal transitional phases of light, tones, and depth of colour envelop the viewer, creating illusion and magic and invite to pause, marvel and contemplate. Compositions of light and colour in motion, Steven Scott's light art alludes to music as it does to time, mathematics and nature.
Many of his works, which gradually change colour over time, including the large-scale architectural installation Blade (2004-2006) or Seventy-Seven, Deloitte HQ, Copenhagen (2003-2014), refer to the rhythms of the day, to natural cycles or to seasonal changes and interact not only with the surrounding spaces, but also with the people inside. The Six Part Elements wall relief of 2022 unleashes its evocative power in the exhibition space of the Stelline Foundation.
Another work by Steven Scott is on view in town Oculus – permanent site-specific ceiling light installation situated in the PINKO flagship store in Milan, Via Montenapoleone 26 – light and colour composition in motion where coloured light is sequenced into slowly pulsing movements that radiate from an inner circular form to its surrounding rectangular frame.
While the sequential colour combinations highlight the element of time itself, the subtle and harmonious interplay between light, colour and time in space reaches the subconscious and the power of the viewer's imagination and creates moments of suspension, reflection and meditation.
An exhibition that also highlights the potential for sustainability and innovation brought by some of the latest lighting technologies and their suggestive power when applied to light art. Scott's works alter entire environments and trigger multiple sensory stimuli in the viewer, challenging the way in which human beings relate to spaces and to themselves.
The exhibition ends with Triptych in 2022 (50 '), a video art installation inspired by the poetic music of the American composer Robert Ashley. Like Ashley's fascinating poetry, the work emphasizes the organic and spontaneous and the arbitrary and momentary atmosphere of the present, encapsulating the concept of passing time. Triptych connects art and real life and takes the visitor back to Scott's early artistic years, strongly inspired by the New York art scene of the late 70's and 80's.
The exhibition is accompanied by a large monograph Steven Scott Odyssey Light Color Time, published by Hirmer Verlag (2022, 256 pages, 350 color illustrations), with the main essay written by curator Lisa Hockemeyer and contributions by Ole Nørlyng, Søren Risager-Hansen and Steven Scott.
Steven Scott, born in London in 1955, is a light artist who lives and works in Copenhagen. After an extensive and award-winning career in scenography for some of the world's leading opera, ballet and contemporary dance companies, Scott turned his attention to light art about 25 years ago. His artistic debut was marked by a group exhibition at the Central Institute for Art History ZI in Munich, Germany in 1997, where he joined artists Jon Groom and the late Andreas Horlitz to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute. Since then he has exhibited extensively in galleries, and museums and public spaces throughout Europe, mainly in Denmark, Germany, the UK and Italy, including Grossetti Arte and Bocconi University in Milan (2014-16).
STEVEN SCOTT. ODYSSEY. LIGHT COLOUR TIME
edited by Lisa Hockemeyer
till 3 July 2022
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