Gerhard Richter english
Lorenzo Banci
Marc Breslin
Antony Gormley
Roger Hiorns
Xie Nanxing
Scott Short

Scott Short
Veduta delle opere in mostra
© Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Firenze
Photo: Valentina Muscedra

Short’s intervention confers aesthetic autonomy on the discrepancy between the original and the copy caused by a technical inadequacy that is usually considered a fault, when photocopying a text or an image. He entrusts the composition of the image to the photocopier and limits his creative intervention to the viewpoint or format of the image. Gerard Richter had already employed accidental technical alterations to the image, such as the blurring of a photograph, and had elevated them to a stylistic feature of his painting. Short’s painting takes actual errors as its subject matter, the marks generated by dust on the glass surface of the machine and hence the unexpected effects created by technical reproduction. Moreover, both Richter and Short employ a device like the episcope to faithfully project these images onto the canvas, thus avoiding subjectivity and the creative construction of the motif.
This approach can be analyzed in the light of Walter Benjamin’s reflections in his famous essay The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproduction. Short tackles the theme of the loss of the artwork’s aura by reversing the terms of the discourse: it is the machine that supplies the model for the work of art, which acquires its aura of originality and uniqueness through an error in the mechanical procedure that is elevated in the form of paintings. Short’s works can therefore be interpreted as a kind of obituary for the so-called analog era, in which a mechanically produced copy, unlike a digital image, is never identical to the original.

Scott Short
Untitled (blue), 2007
Oil on canvas
167,6 x 125,5 cm
Courtesy Cardi Black Box, Milano

Scott Short
Untitled (green)
, 2009
Oil on canvas
183 x 122 cm
Courtesy Cardi Black Box, Milano

Scott Short
(USA, 1964)

Scott Short’s works consist of small splotches of black paint that form evanescent structures on a white ground. Their starting point is an ordinary sheet of white paper, a neutral support that is photocopied repeatedly until this mechanical process generates a new and unexpected pattern of signs. The artist ends this process when by chance an image is produced that seems to have acquired its own aesthetic autonomy and becomes the basis for a painting.

Scott Short
Untitled (green), 2009
Oil on canvas
63,5 x 50,8 cm
Courtesy Cardi Black Box, Milano

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