Scott Greene, 2010, oil on canvas on panel, 20″ x 30″, © 2010, courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery and the artist
In his richly-detailed oil paintings, Scott Greene depicts a world that has been deluged by our stuff. Greene portrays trash crossing the ocean on wayward barges, satellite dishes sprouting from the land like weeds, goods dropping from the sky and plastic bags drifting in the breeze. Working in a traditional narrative style, Greene captures humanity’s lust for consumption and our inattention to containment. He activates these disturbing visions with objects and creatures that are falling and structures that are sprawling. These images portend a loss of control over our waste stream, but also suggest that all is not lost. Greene leaves us with glimpses of the natural world, like fragments of an old master painting peeking through a newer one that has been painted on top of it. He holds up a mirror to our society, inviting us to see that we have let ourselves go, but offering hope that we can turn things around. Will we accept the challenge and restore these scenes to their natural state of beauty? Or will we continue to view nature as a repository for our things and our rubbish?
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Scott Greene, 2015, oil on canvas on panel, 50″ x 64″, © 2015, courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery and the artist
Scott Greene, 2012, oil on canvas on panel, 40″ x 60″, © 2012, courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery and the artist