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.