Scott Grodesky

Explosion, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 180×117 cm

The current works of New York artist Scott Grodesky progress the traditional theme of the figure in perspective space along a conceptually adventurous course. Rather than apply these traditional forms in the conventional manner, Grodesky investigates the impossible spaces of what he has called ‘Reverse Perspective’ whereby he creates ‘a descriptive space where objects are larger the further away they are from the viewer.’ This pictorial structure overturns our understanding of conventional (rational) perspective as a means of recording the visible world. Instead, by creating in his paintings the fractured impression of looking at the world through the wrong end of a telescope, Grodesky draws our attention to the full meaning of perspective. That is, not only a mathematical construct for representing the world, but also the notion that perspective is a review of the past from the present. He thereby conceptually transforms his paintings, allowing us to see the past from the present, caught in the painting like an irreversible memory.

Grodesky’s choice of media is complimentary to his compositional system. The contours of his subject are defined in coloured pencil that remains visible under translucent layers acrylic/polymer paint. The pale transparency of the materials recalls the spontaneity of watercolour. The effect of pictorial immediacy evoked by Grodesky’s use of semi-transparent colour evokes a fleeting condition, akin to brief flashes of memory. In stark contrast to this appearance of rapid execution, Grodesky’s works are often made on a monumental scale, appropriate to the universal themes animating his work: love and destruction, the figure, family life and the urban environment. Viewed through the conceptual filters of his Reverse Perspective system and his particular handling of colour, his subjects gain in intensity, opening them up to a range of potential metaphorical readings.

Untitled, 2001, graphite on paper, 34×51.5 cm

Redevelopment, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

Blue chair, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

Jude’s dream, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 116 × 158 cm

Untitled, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

Untitled, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

Building, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 72×56 cm

Three buildings, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

American untitled, 2007, acrylic on canvas,

Scott Grodesky lives and works in Long Island City, Queens, New York where he has exhibited regularly since 1992. His most recent solo exhibitions have been with Baumgartner Gallery, New York (2000, 2007); LFL Gallery, New York, (2003); Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles, (2004); Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy (2008); Sunday L.E.S., New York (2009). He has also shown in numerous group shows including: Andrea Rosen Gallery, project room, New York (1992); P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, New York (1992); Venice Biennale, Aperto ’93 (1993); Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York (1993); Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (1994, 2002); Apex Art, New York (1996); Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut (1996); Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York (1999); Artists Space, New York (2002); Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (2006).