LESSONS IN PERSPECTIVE
Paradigm Gallery | Philadelphia, PA
April 28 – May 20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to present Lessons in Perspective, a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Scott Albrecht, featuring a collection of works on paper, woodworks and sculptural works. The exhibition will be on view from April 28th through May 20th, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, April 28th, from 5:30 – 10pm. Also on view at this time, a two-person exhibition titled Yet And Not Yet featuring new works by Jim Houser and Adam Wallacavage.
Lessons in Perspective showcases Albrecht’s most recent body of work sharing a concentrated collection that builds off of his graphic and abstracted styles. Scott’s work continues to find a balance in forms through his bright and bold use of color and shape that is grounded in his use of abstracted typography.
Largely inspired by his reflections on recent events, Lessons in Perspective focusses on the duality of perspective in situations and the need for empathetic resolve. Coming out of a very turbulent 2016, Scott became increasingly interested in the divisions among people and the way in which people engaged one another. To Scott, it wasn’t the issues themselves that gave pause, but the way they were discussed and the lack of empathy to one another’s point of view that only seemed to sharpen the edges of conversation and further distance any resolution. Taking notice from these situations, the works within the exhibition reflect on these situations in varying stages of acceptance and action.
The works within this exhibition revolve around a duality in meaning meant to echo the idea of varied perspectives—sometimes both literally as well as visually. You can see this theme emerge in varying ways throughout the works. In one series, two opposing ideas are overlaid on top of one another leaving the end result to be an illegible mix of shapes and forms from both words – the idea being similar to two ideas equally competing for attention but no single idea is able to come through. This can be seen in the “Fear / Love” and “Want / Need” works. Other works play on the theme of perspective in less overt ways. The work “Know Love” plays on the difference of seeing the word ‘know’ and and hearing ‘no’ effectively giving the sentiment very different meanings, while works like “The Next Day” or “The Patience of Time” address the idea of perspective evolving over an elapsed period of time. Even his stand-alone flower sculptures, titled “Offerings” elude to the gesture of bridging a gap.
While language is a focal point in Scott’s work, he’s traded in the speed of legibility in an attempt to pause the viewer to consider his motivations both visually as well literally. Writer and New York Times editor Robb Todd wrote “He does not want viewers to simply read the words and walk away. He wants engagement — for the viewer to spend time with the pieces and appreciate the forms and shapes that create the message.” Similarly, artist Shepard Fairey noted "Scott Albrecht in his art finds the elegant tension between the bold and sublime. His abstraction and deconstruction of type forms combined with his sophisticated color theory and surface treatments yield artworks that are immediate, yet command a deeper and closer look."
Scott’s wood work is the result of a meticulous and lengthy process. Starting from a hand-rendered drawing these works are often the result of hours of process and production being made up of dozens, sometimes hundreds of individual pieces that are cut, sanded, painted and re-assembled often in varied depths.
ABOUT SCOTT ALBRECHT
Scott Albrecht was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, N.J., and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Scott is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography, geometric collage, using vintage printed ephemera and found objects. He has been published and exhibition both domestically and internationally.
ABOUT PARADIGM GALLERY + STUDIO
Established February 2010, Paradigm Gallery + Studio® started as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, to create a space in which to make artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the local community make their own artwork in a welcoming gallery setting. Over the years, Paradigm Gallery + Studio has become a gallery of diverse contemporary artwork from around the world, but still with a focus on Philadelphia artists.
Paradigm Gallery + Studio provides an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on dedicated, emerging to established Philadelphia-based visual artists. We provide artists with individualized attention, strong promotional support and a transformable gallery space to make their own. We strive to make art accessible to the whole community through free bi-weekly events and support work that welcomes a wide audience.