At first glance, the crumpled pieces of paper strewn across the Middle School conference room table by visiting artist Andrew Scott Ross look like a mindless mess. But after a few moments of studying this strange arrangement, one notices the small, intricate cutouts elaborately placed within the crinkled clutter. Ross’ art installation was on display at Pace Oct. 8-11.
Originally from New York, the world renowned artist’s interest in art started when he was in high school. “I had a really wonderful art teacher who was very inspiring. I spent all of my free time working on projects. I had never been more excited about something in my whole life,” Ross said. He was so passionate about art that he decided to pursue it as a career, teaching and displaying his work all over the country and even the world. He said that “right now I have an exhibit in South Korea. I have had exhibits at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Guggenheim in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art here in Georgia, and even the airport in Tel-Aviv, Israel.”
Unlike many artists who get their inspiration from personal experience or their family history, Andrew Scott Ross is inspired by history that is more removed. He said, “I’m really interested in what happened many thousands of years ago that I feel like is really important to humanity, even though we cannot connect with those things.” Through his artwork he attempts to make the connection by using ordinary materials that people already have an relationship with and use and work with on a daily basis such as paper. He said, “I want people who view my work to see the relationship between their world and ancient history.”
Ross’ art is “site-specific,” meaning that the way the art is arranged is dependent upon the particular room it is set in, its furniture, and lighting. For example, he wanted his installation here at Pace to at first glance look like a meeting had just taken place. He used the table as the framework. As one walked around the table, the cutouts got more and more complex. His work is also one of a kind. The exact sculpture can never be recreated in a different setting. However, not all of Ross’ work is paper art, like what was shown at Pace. He also creates sculpture and video art. He said, “My most recent work is work with live animals. I have done some videos with them, and I have even made sculptures that are also aquariums. Right now I am making a city out of discarded fast-food containers for crickets.”
By Elizabeth Roos, Social Media ’14