I make things that deal with the pragmatic aesthetic, the way things are now. With sculpture, still and moving images, and sound, I use my body to represent the cycle of labour derived from the daily acts that maintain our existence.
I am a persona within my work. The persona actualizes the forgotten spaces and the unseen actions while wandering through urban, rural, natural and built-out-of-necessity landscapes. Humour and a subtle sense of futility are used to release the coupling notions of beauty and dread inherent within the daily acts and quotidian objects which form the condition of things in which we live.
Incorporating the opportunities levied by the academies of the University of Lethbridge [BFA, 1999] and l’Université du Québec à Montréal [MFA, 2001] and the grant-giving institutions of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, I continue to exhibit photographs, videos, sculptures and performances derived from a sustained exploration into the pragmatic aesthetic [the way things are now] through artist’s residencies in Canada, the USA and Europe.
Douglas Scholes is represented by Robertson Arès Gallery – Montreal – Quebec – Canada
Contact by email: info at dougscholes dot ca