Scott Chalmers (b. 1991) is an artist living and working in London, Ontario, Canada. He is working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Honors Specialization in Studio Arts from Western University.
Currently, my work is focused on methods of reduction and application as ways to cover what I deem unnecessary while revealing specific moments simultaneously. Discovery is crucial to the process and this corresponds with self-discovery. This allows the work and the pace to change regularly, unpredictability is essential. Each painting exists as its own unit however when they are viewed together, an atmosphere is created providing a limitless back and forth conversation between the works.
By pushing the way I think about the materiality of painting I allow myself to listen and respond, generating an exchange of dialogue between the work and myself. This provides an alternation between understanding the work and getting it to a place where I no longer understand it.
Wherever the conversation takes me it remains essential that I am conscious of every component in the work. My works are abstract and impulsive, taking the language of painting and not getting pre-occupied with form but pushing certain components to compete for importance and recognition. This transitivity liberates elements of weight, tension and balance to simultaneously struggle for authority within the work.
The connection between flat two-dimensional forms and weighted objects refers to the process of production itself and stimulates a tension between the need for an authority figure while also asserting each gesture and shape as an individual. Through this process-oriented approach figures are competing to be recognized. My energy is focusing on the materiality of painting allowing me to approach painting by initiating opportunities of contemplation through looking.
Exploring a methodology rising from process, the focus of my work surrounds ideas of display and how this can be impeded or disrupted through expectations of surface: concealing, tenuous leaning, needless protection, flopping over. I continue to engage with degradation in my paintings, acting upon specific changes in the quality of a “resolved” image. The importance of process is underlined through an unfixed, changeable potential within the creation of the work, and its organization in display.