Lazarides Gallery is to present “Always Almost There” a solo exhibition of all new works by Scott Campbell on Thursday, October 1st through to 30th October 2009. His collages build a palimpsest of old-reliable iconography much of which is rooted in the history of tattooing but which, as it’s presented here, reflects less on tattoos for their own sake and more on the mortal desire to memorialize and the strange, tid-bit narratives that arise from their combination. In his words, these are “the stories of blue collar pirates around nicotine stained unicorns and the price is right fuck the world of it all.”
Scott’s series of dollar bill sculptures make the American-ness of this literal. The designs are painstakingly drawn in individual layers that are then laser-cut into 100 one-dollar bills and glued into a stack. In addition to the clearly subversive implications of using money-as medium and the formal echo of the design flourishes printed on the bills and those carved out of them, this series (like the collages) appears as a kind of physical manifestation of thousands of histories. Skin touching paper moving the world on its axis – all of this cemented into place like so many victories of what we get to keep.
Scott’s work has been shown at Deitch Projects in New York City, O.H.W.O.W. In Miami, Illeana Contemporary Art Center in Athens, Greece, and The Contemporay Museum in Rome, among others.