Hugh Scott-Douglas was born in 1988 in Cambridge, England and lives in Toronto (currently lives and works in Brooklyn). He studied at Pratt (2005) and OCAD (2010). His thesis exhibition, “An Invitation To Lubberland” at the gallery attracted considerable interest for its cohesive melding of painting, monoprints, sculpture, furniture, lamps and installation elements. With his 2011 solo exhibition, “Chinese Whispers” the gallery proudly announced his representation. He has since exhibited at CliftonBenevento (NY); Wallspace (NY); Croy Neilsen (Berlin); Brand New Gallery (Milan) and Silverman Gallery (SF).
Scott-Douglas makes work that refers to production itself, to its consumption and to its container, using visual cues gleaned from minimalism and op art. The central dialectic of the work springs from the tension between the need for a rigid authority figure, on the one hand, and the very possibility of establishing such an authority, given that it is so easily subverted by its own parts. This tension arises when, in each work, the authority is embedded in a severed partnership – half medium, half author. However, through Scott-Douglas’s process-oriented methodology, one of the partners is elected over the other. In each case there is an emphasis on transparency and a push towards a paradoxical state of “non-denial denial”. In Scott-Douglas’s treatment formalism is detourned to allow the medium to execute its own mutiny. Experimentation and process become central themes that allow some works to be successful and others to fail; this produces a formalism that is equally in tension – working both towards and against a static form.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
BFA, OCAD (Sculpture) Toronto, Canada 2010Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
Solo Show, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
eyes without a face, Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
A Broken Mule, Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Japan
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
A Place in the Sun, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
A Cashed Cheque, A Canceled Stamp, Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Sitzprobe, Croy Nielson, Berlin, DE
Chinese Whispers, Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada
An Invitation to Lubberland, Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada
Stars & Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, Museums & Galleries of New South Wales, Australia
Bloomington: Mall of America, North Side of Food Court, Across from Burger King & The Bank of Payphones That Don't Take Incomings Calls
In Transit: Between Image and Object, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
Next, Arsenal, Montreal, Canada
Walk the Line, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Phantom Sun, Bugada & Cargnel, Paris, France
Pattern: Follow the Rules, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Trans/FORM-Matter as subject > New Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Greek (collaboration with Ben Schumacher), Croy Nielson, Berlin, Germany
Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now, deCordoa Sculpture Park and Museum, Boston, MA
A Painting is a Painting is a Painting, Cul-De-Sac, London, England
Like Minded, Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
Liminal Boundaries, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
Phases, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY
Into the Surface, Brand New Gallery, Milano, Italy
Electrum (Collaboration with Ben Schumacher), Reference, Richmond, VA
Forms and Inflections, Silverman, San Francisco, CA
Parts of a Hole, Xpace, Toronto, Canada
What Brings the Dust Together, New Gallery, London, UK
Absolutely (Collaboration With Liam Crockard), Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada
Bad Sculpture, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA
Chu, Christie. "Wall Street Bankers Love Art about Money." Artnet.com, October 21, 2014.
Kondo, Ryosuke. "Hugh Scott-Douglas: Combining Everyday Materials to Visualize and Purify the Latent Images Within." Bijutsu Techo 66, no. 1002 (April 2014): 128-31.
Sonara, Francesca. "Hugh Scott-Douglas Takes on Amazon.com at Jessica Silverman Gallery." Blouinartinfo.com, October 25, 2014.
“Canada’s Top 30 under 30.” Artinfo.com, January 30, 2013.
Fox, Emily Ellis. “Hugh Scott-Douglas.” Modern Painters 25, no. 4 (April 2013): 84-85.
Goodden, Sky. "Canada's 2013 Artist to Watch: Hugh Scott-Douglas." Artinfo.com, January 9, 2013.
Mohseni, Yasmine. “10 Must-See L.A. Gallery Exhibitions Opening in January.” Artinfo.com, January 8, 2013.
Prickett, Sarah Nicole. "Three's a Trend: Art That's All About the Money...Literally." T Magazine (blog), December 10, 2013.
Sandals, Leah. "Hugh Scott-Douglas on Toronto, Los Angeles & What's Next." Canadianart.com, January 18, 2013.
Scott-Douglas, Hugh. Chipped Bills, Torn Cheques, Bit Rot. San Francisco: Jessica Silverman Gallery, 2013.
Shaw, Michael. “Hugh Scott-Douglas.” ArtScene 32, no. 6 (February 2013): 21.
William, Maxwell. “Discovery: Hugh Scott-Douglas.” Interview.com, January 8, 2013.
Aletti, Vince. “Hugh Scott-Douglas at Clifton Benevento.” New Yorker, January 27, 2012.
Katrib, Ruba. “Exposed Surfaces.” Mousse, no. 33 (April-May 2012): 138-141.
Scott-Douglas, Hugh. Hugh Scott-Douglas: Cyanotypes. Milan: Mousse, 2012.
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Depart Foundation, Rome, Italy
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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