Switching out paint-brushes and palette knives for latex gloves, Iris Scott has garnered worldwide acclaim for spearheading the Instinctualist movement. By drawing on primal instincts from which conceptual art has broken, she forged an intimate, highly tactile bond with her medium and developed an innovative approach to finger-painting, elevating the artform from mere “child’s play” into a formidable creative discipline.
We instinctualists have no concepts. The work of art is to be experienced. The only concept is the gasp. This is your psyche. This is the work of art as it strikes you with butterfly wings. This is viscera of color, your breath as it leaves your body. This is how the work of art speaks to you. This is art for life’s sake.
To be an instinctualist means to feel the concept as it forms. It forms between you and the work of art. It is not your idea of the art. It is not the idea of art. It is how the art brings forth an idea. It is the experience of an idea as it occurs to you. Art is the occurrence of the idea. This is spontaneity.
To be an instinctualist means to revel in beauty and color. It means to feel again. It is to allow the work of art to speak to you, with you. It speaks in animal tongues. In shaking dogs, reclining cats, and landscapes that are invitations to build and dwell and breath.
If we are guilty of a concept, then our concept is The Gasp.
The Gasp is this:
Waking up to a colored world touched by the hand smearing paint on canvas stretched before the eyes of an audience that takes its breath its soul its spirit from the hand that touched the canvas and touching the canvas touches the eyes that see touch as the first sensation before all others that must first be touched before the sight the taste the sound resonates in the gallery that before held only ideas like ghosts of the dead and dismal and dreary world that knew the ugliness of terror but not that terrible beauty that made us afraid because it was too warm too feeling too immediate too present too there right there and here and now in the moment we inhale and take the art in and take life in with it the art of living the techniques of life that have meaning and not just the syntax of a concept but the semantics of a concept that is filled with flesh and earth and animality that makes us stop –
We are empty without art. It fills us. It is the techne of the soul that grants materiality to spirit.
We are not afraid of the sweet pains of beauty. We are here to be beautiful again. This is our instinct, our drive, our end. This is not a concept. This is the possibility that some concept might occur. The instinct gives birth to the idea from the convergence of the eye, the canvas, and the hand.
This is your invitation to be alive. This is our command to feel. Let yourself feel. Be beautiful. Be animal. Just be before the work of art. Be the work of art. This is a happening. Art is an event.
We shall not be contained. We refuse to get it. We are here for all who have sense to hear. To see. To be. Look at the work of art, and know that the work of art looks back.
Filo Sofi Arts is pleased to announce RITUAL IN PAIRING, the latest body of work by world-renowned fine art finger-painter IRIS SCOTT, featuring a series of large-scale paintings, assemblage sculptures, and wearable art.
Opening on Saturday, May 4th at the High Line Nine, the exhibition serves as a celebration of nature's unequivocal beauty, as well as an exploration of behavioral instinct, the laws of attraction, and the process through which human beings construct their own identities from their surrounding environment. Curated by Gabrielle Aruta, the solo exhibition will also feature an interactive performance piece on Friday, May 17th that finds the artist "peacocking" for viewers in a larger-than-life spectacle about evolution, self-expression, and re-adaptation of the past to envision the best possible future.
Switching out paint-brushes and palette knives for latex gloves, Iris Scott has garnered worldwide acclaim for spearheading the Instinctualist movement. By drawing on primal instincts from which conceptual art has broken, she forged an intimate, highly tactile bond with her medium and developed an innovative approach to finger-painting, elevating the artform from mere "child's play" into a formidable creative discipline. For the paintings of RITUAL IN PAIRING, she incorporates an additional collaging process, repurposing remnants of previous works into the canvas to composite a new whole. Utilizing as many as 100 different pigments within one piece, she imbues her work with energized bursts of locomotion, manipulating frosting-thick globs of oil paint across her canvas.
Through a multidisciplinary showcase of lush colorscapes, the exhibition continues the artist's investigation into "intensification of the recognizable" while musing on the concept of self-actualization and the complex relationship between humanity and the natural world. Here, the tiger, the deer, the peacock, and the octopus are all pieces of a grand tapestry from which we might begin to collage a fuller picture of our shared environments.
Adding another layer to the visual elements is a performance piece that presents a commanding, towering textile work embodying the conceptual core of the show. “Peacocking” for audiences in a nine foot gown composed of paintings, the artist offers herself in an open request to imagine with her what is possible when we return to relish in nature’s joyful beauty.
RITUAL IN PAIRING will be on view through May 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm and by private appointment.
THE DOOR IS AJAR MIND THE CAT
MARCH 1ST - APRIL 29TH, 2018
Artist Iris Scott makes New York debut in armory week solo show
“THE DOOR IS AJAR, MIND THE CAT” brings color and levity to the art-world's serious problems
Iris Scott has pioneered the technique of finger-painting elaborate and lushly detailed works that depict the mundane beauty of everyday life in vibrant and unexpected colors.
Her work challenges the art-world to reconsider its emphasis on abstract, concept-heavy fair and rediscover the surprising wealth of meaning conveyed by our encounters with animals and the landscape when approached with the hands-on verve Scott brings to her craft.
Scott paints at the forefront of the Instinctualist movement, which offers an intentional visual break from the somber approach of painters who dwell on the misery and discontent of the Modern world in favor of a vision that relishes restorative and nourishing power of contemplating our visceral reactions to beauty in a work of art. More about Iris Scott