THE BIG FLAT NOW
THE BIG FLAT NOW
Virtual Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 16th | 6pm via Zoom
Baxter St in partnership with Flyweight Projects proudly presents THE BIG FLAT NOW featuring works by former 2016 Workspace Resident Marco Scozzaro. This exhibition was on view in the window of the Project Space at 128 Baxter St.
Marco Scozzaro’s THE BIG FLAT NOW explores the distinctions between various media and our expectations thereof. He collects the familiar and generic imagery of our contemporary visual landscape: soft-lined millennial aesthetics, sentimental kitsch, conventional stock images and commercial signage. By digitally layering and collaging these simpler images, he creates original, more complex photographs. He renders some areas abstract, reducing them to pure texture and colorful patterns, while leaving others partially recognizable. The new image is then — incredibly, surprisingly — made into carpeting, a flag, a video, or a sculpture. Scozzaro emphasizes that each medium controls both the meaning and the shared experience of the content. He transforms the visual noise of familiar tropes and illustrates that, without reconfiguring, little meaning can be gleaned from this cultural landscape; and ultimately the modes with which we are framing our lives during this fraught moment in human history are suspect and should be reconsidered.
Created in 2018, Flyweight Projects is a 24″ x 28″ x 20″ scale exhibition space for solo projects organized by artists Clare Torina and Jesse Cesario. The stationary gallery is located in an over-the-closet nook in their Brooklyn, New York apartment. There is also a mobile version of the gallery (presented here) that moves around the city in collaboration with other galleries, curators, and collectors.
Marco Scozzaro is an Italian multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. He earned his MA in Psychology with a concentration in Visual Perception from the University of Parma, Italy, and a post baccalaureate certificate in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has had solo shows at Baxter St, NY, and Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy; and two-person shows at Ed Varie, NY; and Galerie Villa des Tourelles, Paris. Group shows and screenings include BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Aperture Foundation, NY; and Lishui Photography Festival, China, among others. Scozzaro is a recipient of the NYSCA Experimental Media and Film grant from the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University, NY; a Media Art Fellowship from BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; an artist residency from Signal Culture, Owego, NY; a Workspace Residency from the Camera Club of New York, NY; and an AIM fellowship from the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. He is an adjunct faculty member at SVA, NY, and has been visiting artist at Parsons, NY, guest critic at Cooper Union, NY, and mentor for the Immigrant Artist Program at the New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in Artnet, Der Greif, GUP, and Osmos, and has been commissioned by The New York Times, Vogue Italia, GQ, and Vice, among others.
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York operates as a 501(c)3 arts organization and is located at 126 Baxter St and 128 Baxter St. Its programming and exhibitions are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Jerome Foundation, The Tierney Family Foundation, Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing, Fujifilm of North America, The Puffin Foundation Ltd., and Yarden Winery. Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is W.A.G.E. certified.