Rafaela Sousa

In an era which saw the transition from Nirvana to Amazon, Scott Young was born in Seattle, USA, the region which gave the world both. Before moving to NYC Scott received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Aesthetics from The Evergreen State College. With an ever-insatiable urge to further understand and digest what it means to be making paintings and thinking about images, Scott is completing the MFA Fine Art Programme at Goldsmiths University of London, where he will graduate in 2021.

When an observer first looks at Scott Young’s artworks, they may feel a curious mix of emotions. They might experience incongruity or find comfort as their subconscious seeks to juxtapose the classical style of representation with the familiar objects from our daily lives. The figures, their order of placement and the colour palette used invites the public to explore Young’s mind and his imagination, in a process that allows a “visualization and celebration of a globalized economy and sense of self, and the beginning of the ‘art market-world’ as we know it today.”

It is undoubtedly the importance that the 17th-century Dutch Still Life independent genre has on Scott Young’s artistic career, as he pays homage to this style using religious references, images of possessions and traditional representations, alongside prized goods and ordinary objects of the everyday. The intention is to illustrate how the young generations are represented and contrasted in a nostalgic and iconic way to the older ones, creating a space in time where the past and present coexist.

In a moment when the digital world plays a strong role in everyone’s life, Scott Young chose to express his voice through different visual and material representations. In collaboration with the artist, the curatorial collective understood that due to the online exhibition’s theme an assemblage of three digital paintings, plus a commission artwork with the same format, would be reflective of “For the Love of Avocados” main ideas and aims.

Scott Young represents consumer capitalism in a symbolic dialogue with the attraction and manipulation of objects and ways of living in a constant seek of time and attention in a contemporary context.