Scott Greene’s paintings are bold and thoroughly relevant. Greene has always been known as a social commentator, using art historical iconography to signify human impact on the natural world. He has been described as a neo-Romantic painter, in that his painting style is nothing short of dreamy. His palette and his handling of paint rival that of European Old Masters. In a bait and switch type tactic, Greene lures the viewer into his works with their lush paint surface and beauty; the viewer then finds him/herself inside an otherworldly socio-political conundrum they are compelled to explore before leaving.
Greene has created a wholly new, scathing, ironic, sublimely beautiful body of work in response to the political divide around issues such as climate change, immigration, and basic human rights. The imagery is centered on a circus theme—apropos of our current society. One painting features a circus “tableau wagon,” painted with images of Mexican children separated from their families. Another painting depicts a locomotive hurling itself forward through a red, menacing sea upon which floats a red, white, and blue basketball. Clowns pile high upon a tiny clown car in yet another work.
Scott Greene writes about his newest body of work:
“This is an intense time to be a painter of my sort. Nothing seems too ridiculous, all stories pale to reality. So this work is emotionally driven by extreme shifts to everything we know about being American citizens, whatever that is now. Clown cars, runaway locomotives, quaint cruelty on the prairie, all part of the illusion of power—the farce we now perform in.”
This exhibition at Turner Carroll is held in conjunction with Currency at 516 Arts, Albuquerque’s contemporary art museum.
Scott Greene: New Works
In conjunction with his inclusion in the Currency exhibit at 516Arts, Albuquerque’s contemporary museum, Scott Greene has created a wholly new, scathing, ironic, sublimely beautiful body of work in response to the political divide around issues such as climate change, immigration, and basic human rights.
Exhibition Dates: Opens November 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Artist and Curator Talk: Friday, November 9, 5:30 pm
Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501