3 Rings for Meena

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in News | 0 comments

3 Rings for Meena

This piece is a commission for a good friend of mine. The three gods in the piece are
Durga, Hanuman, and Rama. i wanted to combine digital art and painting to create this piece.. and wanted to use the paint as a visual support element to tie together the foreground and background.  

per the request of my friend. prints are available for interested parties…

3 Rings for Meenaclick the image to see full resolution

Comic Book Diplomacy and The Lies We Believe D. Eric Bookhardt on new works by Christopher Saucedo& Ayo Scott

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Comic Book Diplomacy and The Lies We Believe  D. Eric Bookhardt on new works by Christopher Saucedo& Ayo Scott

check out the article on GAMBIT here

 

Beyond airplanes and atom bombs, few things symbolize 20th-century America more than comic book superheroes. Just as ancient Rome believed in all-powerful deities like Apollo and Minerva, kids in midcentury America — often called a new Roman empire — believed in Superman and Wonder Woman. The characters’ appeal knew no borders, and the vintage examples found by artist Christopher Saucedo on his travels were often boundlessly surreal, so he began to subtly modify them to enhance their idiosyncratic qualities and make them his own. Their multicultural appeal is seen in a poster-size blowup of a 1954 Superhombre comic book cover (pictured) with Superman, Batman and Robin grinning luridly. Their Mexican wrestler-style facial features indicate early globalism produced its share of forgeries, but even the official editions yielded bizarre cultural hybrids. Saucedo’s modifications often employ minimal and strategic touches like his sometimes-embroidered compass symbols of the sort used to indicate north on maps, emphasizing how disorienting these globalized superheroes can be. In a 1978 Hispanic version of Wonder Woman — La Mujer Maravilla — the Twin Towers loom over a New York City apocalypse scene long before 9/11, and while this entire series is entertainingly surreal, it obviously doesn’t hurt to start with such bizarre source materials.

 

In Ayo Scott’s solo show at Octavia Gallery, mythic beings and modern technology populate a dramatic array of collages and digital drawings. His most cogent collages include Study of a Westbank Smile, a Mona Lisa with an African spirit mask for a head posed pensively by the river amid wisps of cigarette smoke. His more rollicking digital drawings feature related carnivalesque mash-ups like pixelated riffs on Robert Colescott, but the whole show represents an eloquently cohesive evolution of Scott’s complex vision, another step in his self-described ruminations on this city’s “syncretic tensions” and “consumerism and technology’s interaction with the transcendent.” — D. ERIC BOOKHARDT

 

The Lies We Believe

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Lies We Believe

see the full exhibit by clicking here.

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new work by local artists James Henderson and Ayo Scott. This will be Henderson’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and Scott’s first solo show since completing the Joan Mitchell Center NOLA Studio Program. 

Ayo Scott’s debut exhibition at the gallery presents his most recent mixed media works alongside his large-scale digital drawings. For Scott, the syncretic tensions present in New Orleans are at the foreground his aesthetic practice. His sensitivity to the traditions, ambitions and contradictions of his hometown allow him to create visual allegories as a means through which to explore ways of being, consumerism and technology’s interaction with the transcendent. Scott’s recent work focuses on leveraging technology to create a symbiosis between the analog and the digital. He achieves this through a reflexive technique that begins with digital collaging and juxtaposition of distinct elements drawn from European masters, African masks and popular iconography. Scott then transfers his collaged compositions onto panels and is able to paint in color and line. Continuing his process, the panel works are then photographed, color is removed, and they become a new impetus for the artist to digitally embellish each layer, generating a discourse between the technological and the traditional.

The son of nationally renowned artist John T. Scott, Ayo received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University. In 2008, Scott had a solo exhibition at the McKenna Museum of African American Art and his work has been included in exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.  In 2011, Ayo was honored as the recipient of the Love in the Garden award from the New Orleans Museum of Art.


check out the  making of “Stinker”


 

sneak peek from “the Lies We Believe”

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

sneak peek from “the Lies We Believe”

here’s a little bit of my process

in creating a piece for my new body of work “the Lies We Believe”

this video is the making of “STINKER” by Ayo Y. Scott

solo exhibition at Octavia Gallery

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 1 comment

solo exhibition at Octavia Gallery

Octavia Gallery opens solo exhibitions of works by James Henderson and Ayo Scott 
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Octavia Art Gallery is presenting two solo exhibitions of new work by local artists James Henderson and Ayo Scott. This is Henderson’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and Scott’s first solo show since completing the Joan Mitchell Center NOLA Studio Program. Continuing to explore the inner workings of the body and mind, James Henderson’s new series of work focuses on the theme of personal archeology. Inspired by the statement that “the body ages and changes over time but human emotion does not age,” the artist collages vintage imagery, patterns and silhouetted forms with layers of plaster and pigment. The textured surface is then sanded down to reveal specific remnants. Henderson’s process can be seen as mimicking the dichotomy between ones internal self and perceived exterior. Through Henderson’s visual imagery, the artist challenges the viewer to look beyond perceived notions to see what lies beneath. Ayo Scott’s debut exhibition at the gallery presents his most recent mixed media works alongside his large-scale digital drawings. For Scott, the syncretic tensions present in New Orleans are at the foreground his aesthetic practice. His sensitivity to the traditions, ambitions and contradictions of his hometown allow him to create visual allegories as a means through which to explore ways of being, consumerism and technology’s interaction with the transcendent. Scott’s recent work focuses on leveraging technology to create a symbiosis between the analog and the digital. He achieves this through a reflexive technique that begins with digital collaging and juxtaposition of distinct elements drawn from European masters, African masks and popular iconography. Scott then transfers his collaged compositions onto panels and is able to paint in color and line. Continuing his process, the panel works are then photographed, color is removed, and they become a new impetus for the artist to digitally embellish each layer, generating a discourse between the technological and the traditional. James Henderson lives and works in New Orleans, LA. He has exhibited his work throughout Louisiana and most recently had a solo exhibition at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. Henderson’s work can be found in private collections in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, New Orleans and New York. The son of nationally renowned artist John T. Scott, Ayo received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University. In 2008, Scott had a solo exhibition at the McKenna Museum of African American Art and his work has been included in exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. In 2011, Ayo was honored as the recipient of the Love in the Garden award from the New Orleans Museum of Art. 

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Artists’ Perspective Series: Hale Woodruff Exhibit at NOMA

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Artists’ Perspective Series: Hale Woodruff Exhibit at NOMA

artists perspective

 

 

In 1938 Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff was commissioned to paint a series of murals for Talladega College, Alabama, one of the first colleges established for blacks in the United States. Installed in the institution’s newly constructed Savery Library, the six murals portray noteworthy events in the rise of blacks from slavery to freedom. Though he painted the murals for a local audience of students and faculty, Woodruff intended their impact to reach beyond Talladega’s campus. They attracted national attention.
In 2011 a team of conservators and art handlers removed Woodruff’s six murals from the walls of the library. The crew assembled scaffolding to reach the murals, which were installed at nine feet high on facing sides of the library’s entrance hall. Originally painted on canvas by Woodruff in his Spelman College studio in Atlanta, the murals were gently pried from the walls to which they had been directly affixed. Areas of flaking were stabilized before transit with tissue applied using easily soluble materials.
The conservation process addressed the effects of aging on the works. The Talladega murals have been left undisturbed in the lobby of Savery Library for more than seventy years—and with good fortune. Without direct exposure to the harmful effects of sunlight, the vibrant colors of Woodruff’s original palette have remained intact. Nevertheless, a good cleaning and the addition of a support or backing have ensured that the murals will be enjoyed by future generations of Talladegans.
Today the murals remain symbols of the centuries-long struggle for civil rights. This project, a collaboration between the High Museum of Art and Talladega College, conserves these works and presents them to a national audience for the first time.

snapshot!!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

snapshot!!
in progress sketch of Stinker.

in progress sketch of Stinker.

this is an in progress sketch

of a work for my upcoming show.
its entitled “STINKER”

Saint Sabastian meets Bob Marley

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Saint Sabastian meets Bob Marley

Lots of people have LOTS of different feelings about Bob Marley.
Some go so far as to believe that he was murdered as opposed to having died from cancer.
This thought led me to thinking of Bob as more than a musician and a prophet (as he was seen by many). This piece is in progress and is me playing with ideas of Bob as a martyr.

 

 

 

study for san nesta marley sm

Detail from ” 9th Ward Gothic”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Detail from ” 9th Ward Gothic”

here’s a detail of an inprogress work  entitled 9th Ward Gothic.

Its a part of a series of digtal drawings im doing.
9thward snapshot

New Orleans People Project Photo

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Orleans People Project Photo
New Orleans People Project Photo

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=234753010042742&set=a.139970862854291.1073741839.100005241341722&type=3&theater

Photographer Gus Bennett has honored me by allowing me to be  a part of the NOPP (New Orleans People Project)