by Emily Blake
Comprised of vibrant paintings, a remarkable video, and exquisite sculptures, Robert Scobey’s exhibition Daylight Salad Days spans a multitude of mediums, which explore the concepts of memory construction and disappearance.
Inspired by Paul Virillio’s The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Scobey’s work exposes the voids and emptiness left behind after disappearances. For instance, his piece The Disappearance of Johnny G. was created from clues surrounding the vanishing of a boy in 1982, a presumed kidnapping.
Additionally, Scobey’s work explores the concepts of memory loss, corruption, and transfer. For example, the featured video, Daylight Salad Days, is a result of glitched home movies that were corrupted while uploading when his cell phone died. Thus, the clips were distorted with arrays of “stupefyingly beautiful” colors, reminding Scobey of how brains re-record and add color to memories each time they are recalled. Of the incident, Scobey comments, “These paintings would look completely different if my phone battery never died that day.”
For this exhibition, Scobey utilizes a larger canvas than his previous work, allowing him to approach his paintings slowly, creating a believable picture that emerges over time. “It’s like a strategy for mapping out a journey along a path to discovery,” says the artist of his process. The result is a mix of realism and abstraction that intertwine and complement the other, creating “scenarios where characters, objects, and even painting strategies could interact inside of a dreamlike, cerebral space.”
Artist Robert Scobey’s Daylight Salad Days exhibition will be on display at Lipscomb University’s John C. Hutcheson Gallery between April 4th and May 4th, 2016. Scobey will also host a talk at 6pm on April 4th to be followed by a reception. For more information visit robertscobey.com.