Painting

Scott Albrecht Cuts, Sands, Paints, and Reassembles For His New Show "A Forgiving Sunset"

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco

The upcoming show at First Amendment Gallery, titled A Forgiving Sunset, is a solo exhibition of new woodworks, works on paper and steel sculptures by Scott Albrecht. This body of work offers an evolved approach to his unique graphic languages. Largely rooted in typography, his work reconsiders the relationship of message and viewer. Each work is made up of dozens or even hundreds of individual pieces that are cut, sanded, painted and re-assembled, often at varied depths. They shift the conversation to a more visual language of relationships, starting with form and color.

The narratives of Scott’s work often pull from or reference his own experiences and distill them into a more universal interpretation to allow the viewer to relate their own experiences, and in turn show how we are more connected by these shared events. Recalling the works in the exhibition he says: “The work for this show pulls from a range of experiences and inspirations over the last two years. A recurring point of reference in the work was the social climate and the growing gaps I was seeing among relationships — both on a cultural level as well as a personal level — and my own desire to return to something more connected. When I began this collection I developed a somewhat daily habit of listening to the poem, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. Although it was originally written in 1927, it is, among many things, a fairly timeless call for empathy, compassion and understanding, which seems just as relevant and needed today as I’m sure it did when it was written.”

Among the works this influence plays out in various ways whether it’s showing the commonalities of our shared differences (e.g. “From You” light & dark), or referencing our own personal histories that inform our paths (e.g. “A Series of Moments”) these works are a call to moving forward in today's tumultuous times. The title of the exhibition, A Forgiving Sunset, serves as a metaphor for healing and starting anew. These references of intimate moments and larger societal events are built upon a common history, and these works are the artifacts of his individual experience that he is now sharing with the public. By personally reflecting on these larger themes, and distilling them into the work, he reveals one avenue of this interconnectedness.