Hugh Scott-Douglas UK, b. 1988
Hugh Scott-Douglas is perhaps best known today for his abstract, pattern-rich panels and installations. He uses a wide variety of techniques—from photography, laser cutting, to inkjet printing—that take as their subject and visual language various methods and networks of production and transaction. Across his practice, Scott-Douglas investigates the possibilities and limitations of the production of the photographic image at a turning point in the medium’s history, as it makes the conversion from modes of mechanical reproduction towards digital technologies. This series Natural History is a group of printed paintings originating from digital photographs of the peripheries of the wildlife dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. Instead of exposing the realities of the ocean, the museum’s staged plastic environment promotes an idealized and fixed ecosystem, which exists outside of the perilous realms of human influence. Appropriating the protocols of the capitalist treatment of images, he captures and processes these pseudo-worlds with a succession of artificial intermediaries.
Hugh Scott-DouglasHard Rain 17 May - 19 June 2019Gallery Baton is pleased to present Hugh Scott-Douglas’s first solo exhibition ‘HARD RAIN’ from May 17th to June 19th, 2019. Scott-Douglas’ work is concerned with systems of value, trade routes and the circulation of currency and commercial goods, exploring and enacting methods of migration, translation and transaction. He makes use of a wide range of techniques and media, from laser cutting, inkjet printing and photography, to numerical data and satellite mapping software, and his practice is Interrogating tensions between analogue and digital modes of production.