Since the mid 1980’s, Michael Scott, renown painter of the New York contemporary art scene, has created paintings that are visual experiences pushed to the extreme. In his paintings, he has juxtaposed narrow vertical lines, at times in different colors and patterns on aluminium panels. His artworks produce an optical impact which makes them difficult to look at and compels the viewer to see them differently each time. This disruptive experience underlines the artist’s extreme approach to visual art. In the 1990’s his paintings were known to be programmatic, in the sense that they were precisely calculated and the patterns were systematic. Later, they became more intuitive, allowing chance and the process to be evident. Steering away from subjectivity, Michael Scott currently explores a systematic approach to painting which, though pure and linear in form, remains painterly.
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