December 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
F. Scott Hess: Shattered
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 15, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, January 11, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 1, 4-5pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Public Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles painter F. Scott Hess.
This will be the artist’s second solo show at Koplin Del Rio. The show, entitled “Shattered,” will include new large format narrative paintings and a selection of recent work from the studio.
“Contemporary human life is both enriched and fragmented by the technological extensions that we've become addicted to. In the past years I've pulled together centuries of family history, vastly extended the number of people aware of my work, visually researched a multitude of sources for my images, and relied on incomprehensibly complex applications to facilitate my paintings. Simultaneously, I read far less books, spend more time with friends online than in real life, and let my subscriptions to beloved magazines lapse. The fragmented cascade of text and images that constitutes internet experience has become my everyday norm.
Over the Summer of 2013 I focused on three paintings where my subject matter derived from screwed-up iPhone panorama photographs. The way the panorama mode stitches together a scene is akin to the way human vision actually works. Our eyes shift and move, and our brain has no problem weaving together a stable and unified world from the visual information it is fed. The fluidity of the iPhone images visually stimulates through movement, twisting space and chopping up figures. Movement engages the viewer at a pre-conscious level, eliciting an empathetic response before language can intercede. For the last hundred years there have been enough static images and poses in painting. I want art that moves!” – F. Scott Hess
“Shattered” is the starting point for an exciting series of Hess shows in Southern California this coming year. A two-part “F. Scott Hess Retrospective,” will be running concurrently at Cal State Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery (opening January 25) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (opening January 30). Both shows are being curated by Mike McGee, Director of the Begovich Gallery, as well as a Professor in the art department at the University. Then, in July, the much-anticipated “Paternal Suit” exhibition comes to the Long Beach Museum of Art. For more information on events associated with all three exhibitions, please see the attached schedule.
Born in Baltimore, longtime Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess attended the Academy of Fine Arts in
Vienna, Austria, and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, earning a BSA from the University of Wisconsin in 1977. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of California, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum and the Long Beach Museum of Art. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship and a J. Paul Getty Museum Individual Artist’s Fellowship, and currently teaches at the Laguna College of
Art and Design.