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Then Darkness Fell

Macabre drawings modeled after discarded photographs from Scott Hunt

by Jonah Samson in Culture on 29 February 2012

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Artist Scott Hunt turns flea market photographs into modern-day allegories. In his new series of charcoal drawings currently on view at Schroeder, Romero and Shredder Gallery in New York, Hunt presents images that are enigmatic, humorous and occasionally discomforting. The black-and-white figures of "Then Darkness Fell" draw inspiration from turn of the century realism as well as film noir.

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Hunt's preoccupation with discarded photographs is driven by his desire to "save" anonymous people and objects from obscurity. By identifying elements of each photograph that he finds intriguing, Hunt removes them from their original context and uses them to create a new drawing. This creative process gives a second life to other people's forgotten memories. "My subconscious narratives often reflect a dark, mysterious, and intrinsically Gothic view of America; suburbs leach danger, authority figures evince moral turpitude, nature threatens, and the surface of all things belies the more messy, complicated realities of being human," explains Hunt.

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Hunt's aesthetic borrows heavily from the 1940s-60s, and is often fueled with an underlying dark awkwardness. Themes of alcoholism, racism, violence and exhibitionism can be found throughout the collection of highly composed drawings. Despite their macabre nature, the works are saved from being unrelentingly gloomy by a consistently wry sense of humor. "Then Darkness Fell" will be on display through 17 March 2012.

Schroeder, Romero and Shredder Gallery
531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

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