Scott Rogers is a Canadian visual artist who produces site-specific, collaborative, and conceptual projects. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally in Ireland, New York, Minneapolis, Chicago and Berlin. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include solo projects at Stride Gallery, Khyber ICA, A1C Gallery, PM Galerie in Berlin and Queen Specific, as well as group exhibitions for Nuit Blanche Zone C (collaboration with Jason de Haan), PAVED Arts, Artcite and SKOL. Scott’s work has been reviewed in Artforum.com, Canadian Art Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald and C Magazine, and he is a recipient of grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts. Scott is also a founding member of the Arbour Lake Sghool, a collaborative art project centred on a suburban home in Calgary.
“My practice is multi-faceted, and embraces a variety of approaches rather than a singular worldview. When I was given the clocks in Variable Composition for Clocks (Autistic Arrangement) I wanted to avoid using them in a didactic or symbolic way. I decided to work with the clocks formally as the material for a composition. The format of the composition for the Alberta Biennial references a photograph depicting a row of toys belonging to a young autistic boy. The boy organized his toys in progression from largest to smallest, although there are a few toys that do not comply with this system, suggesting a more elusive set of rules. This reference to autism within the work draws a parallel to the complexity of Conceptual Art, simultaneously citing and critiquing the tautologies often created by idea-based works. Accompanying the clocks is a written ‘score’ that suggests other variants for ordering the piece, allowing the audience to potentially enter the interiority of the work and ‘play’ variations, if only in their minds. Through this presentation the meaning of the work is deferred toward continuous becoming.”
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