Scott Myles

Projects in Art & Theory

In this show, “Search and Research,” Scottish artist Scott Myles filled the center of the gallery with a triangular wooden sculpture that dominated the room. The severity and perfection of the form is unambiguously Minimalist, yet at the same time the construction has been painted using sweeping brushstrokes like those of a neo-expressionist picture from the 1980s. Isolated flecks of pink and yellow stand out among the blue-gray tones. So is this a Minimalist or a neo-expressionist work? Myles has conjoined two aesthetic codes that seem inherently incompatible to form a hybrid. And his title, Social Sculpture, 2009, with its nod to Joseph Beuys’s attempt at combining art with politics, adds yet another layer of contradiction to an already paradoxical work.

The triangular construction is also the replica of an object that was used during a performance staged by Myles in 2008, Reciprocity on

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