Scott VanderVoort is a New York-based artist whose work broadly explores themes of impermanence, beauty and the ambiguous divide between art and the mundane. VanderVoort works in both two and three dimensions, with paint, sculpture and installation, and through his art engages viewers in an often playful dialogue about the process by which objects, images and spaces acquire meaning. Whether working with found objects like stone blocks from Bali or the walls of New York City elevator shafts, VanderVoort’s work often involves the process, in his words, of “activating space, place and objects to bring life to what has seemingly been overlooked or disregarded.”
Scott VanderVoort’s recent investigations explore topics of perception, beauty and memory. His work focuses on capturing and formalizing our connection to “balance” and how one might achieve this through the use of positive and negative spacial conditions and materiality. In these areas he searches for visual responses that translate into a place in the mind, a place of senses, the feelings of timelessness with suggestions of familiarity to the unfamiliar.
His studies are built from an alphabet he has created to inform the final presentation of the paintings, collages, sculptures and found assemblages. This language serves as his parameters for guiding his process, helping to avoid attention given to artistry or unnecessary layers of perceptions. The invitation is given to acknowledge the complexity within his simplistic approach to the geometry, material handing and final positioning.
His work is inspired by a careful look at ancient and primitive communities and their approaches to communication and artifact making. In particular, the influences from African and Polynesian art and architecture that express evidence of and themes around objects made to celebrate survival, shelter, landmarking, community, birth, death and gender.