STILL LIFE

In his digital paintings, Scott Young references still life paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, which often used their representations of food, flowers, and man-made objects to draw attention to the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures. Influenced by these paintings, Young questions their systematic organisational methodology by juxtaposing predominant references from art history with various modern commodities. Young is particularly drawn to the work of the Vatican bureaucrat Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657) who commissioned and collected studies of art, architecture, and natural specimens on paper. In his own body of work Young explores the concept of collecting within the twenty-first century and continues to examine the production of meaning through inanimate objects, and, in so doing, points to the recurrent relationship between people and their material objects while also referencing millennial conduct.