New York artist Suzanne Scott explores relationships, death, and more in Tribeca exhibit


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Local artist Suzanne Scott takes a close look at death and relationships while paying homage to her late friend at a new show in Tribeca.

The exhibit, titled “Boy, That Was Fast,” features an array of abstract paintings derived from the fingerprints of Scott’s friends and relatives. The title is taken from the last words of Tim McDarrah, a friend of Scott’s who died in August 2021.

“I wanted to focus and discuss the importance of not just having knowledge, but having real friendships, digging deep into nuances, finding what makes someone tick,” Scott said. “It’s all about relationships and nuanced connections, and the different types of relationships you can have. “

Set at the Catskills in Tribeca, the show features Scott’s style of fingerprint portraits, which she bases on her subject’s thumbprint on her dominant hand. All of the pieces are new works of art created since 2020, and the titles, aside from the self-portraits, are taken from something the subject has already said.

Two paintings of a husband and a wife: (L) “I’m just the same old guy, trying to do the same old stuff” and (R) “I was like, wait a minute, this world is enough. incredible. “Photo courtesy of Suzanne Scott

“I put a lot of their personality and their energy into their portrayal,” Scott said. “[The titles] give it anonymity, but also give it another layer of identification and give it a personality.

This show also features a handful of self-portraits where Scott examines the phases of life after the death of loved ones. Having lost friends over the past summer, Scott has put his energy and grief into his art.

“Even thinking about it during COVID, everyone has lost so many people. I blew up a dear friend of mine in July off the Brooklyn Bridge, he committed suicide. Shortly thereafter, Tim passed away and two days later my mentor Chuck Close passed away, ”Scott said. “[The self portraits] were all painted right after my friend jumped off the building and while Tim was dying. That’s when I really felt the depth of what it means to be here and how fast it is going. “

A handful of paintings by Scott, including three self-portraits.Photo courtesy of Suzanne Scott

Scott encourages visitors to explore art not only through its lens, but also through their own mindset.

“Because they’re abstract, you can take whatever you want out of them and relate it to your life. That’s what takes him to the imagination, ”Scott said.

A preview of the exhibition at The Catskills Gallery.Photo courtesy of Suzanne Scott

At the end of the exhibition, Scott invites visitors to leave their own fingerprints at the gallery with their own response to a “Boy, it was ____”.

“If you, right now, think about summing up your life right now, how would you fill that void about your life?” Scott said. “It’s intimidating to think about it.”

“Boy, That Was Fast” will be on display until December 30th. The Catskills is located at 368 Broadway, with Scott’s exhibit in Suite 410. Gallery opening hours Thursday through Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., or you can make an appointment with Scott by email [email protected]. On your arrival, buzz Suite 410 to enter.



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