Chicago

Scott Short

The Renaissance Society

Scott Short’s recent paintings are the product of disciplined and structured procedures, the seriousness of which is relieved by a healthy dose of idiosyncratic intervention. Procedure first: For the past nine years, Short has produced all his paintings by taking a letter-size sheet of white, black, or colored construction paper and making a black-and-white photocopy of it. He then makes a photocopy of that photocopy, then a photocopy of that one, continuing this process several hundred times. He makes a slide from one of the late-generation copies and projects it onto a canvas, finally—and painstakingly—reproducing in black paint all the stray visual incident that accreted on the page in the process.

This seems, at first, like an abjuration of both composition and subject matter: Short allows the vagaries of his original piece of construction paper and the tendency of copying machines to

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