New York

Scott King

Bortolami Dayan

ANYWAY, I MUST DASH AS I’M GOING TO SET FIRE TO MY NEIGHBOURS HEDGE NOW. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES, AND HOPEFULLY I’LL SEE YOU SOON. I LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH. YOUR SON, SCOTT. X. London-based artist Scott King seems to have a thing about hedges. The above reference in Dear Mum, 2003, a small print reproducing the text of a less-than-reassuring letter home that rounded off “Information,” his recent exhibition at Bortolami Dayan, isn’t the first or the only one of its kind. He also agonizes about the significance of shrubbery in, for example, Self Portrait as a Catholic Pie Chart (4 parts), 2002, elucidating his feelings of guilt for owning a house bounded by that stereotypical feature of suburban landscape design. King’s work is informed by—steeped in, obsessed with, burdened by—the ethos and iconography of punk, and for a punk to descend into such comfortable normality might mark him as a

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