Scott Malbaurn
Artist statement

My work is hard-edged painting that is minimal and linear. I use synthetic water-based mediums such as silica, urethane, and acrylic resin along with pigments to make my own paint. I work on stretched canvas or linen that may be found stretched over panel. The paintings are flat color fields with lines that race, zip and carve themselves through the surface. These lines are seen as gesture yet they are highly structured with the strict use of a curved line and a directional shift that stays consistent through each line. These lines play with both, “fluid and rhythmic” or “sharp and bouncy” creating an abstract language that is both expressive and rigid. The forms presented are nouns found in nature such as tornados and flowers.

The tornados and flowers represent the two polar extremes in which a framework is constructed. The two make a simplified juxtaposition with complexities found between them. From this framework I extrapolate simple nouns from nature and isolate them within a painting. I choose these nouns for their timelessness, reference and dialogue with nature and art history. They are transformed through the dynamics and poetics of abstracted form and color.

In hopes of keeping the work well thought out and fresh, I constantly search for a balance between contrived and arbitrary. This gives me an intuitive “just right” feeling about the work. The scale change allows the larger paintings to reference the color field era and engulfs the viewer while the smaller paintings become more intimate. With the exception of tape, the paintings are constructed by hand with out geometrical tools or spray applications. The crisp line allows a stronger interaction between the colors involved in the painting. The “Tornado Flower” series is an attempt to deal with a push and pull between the natural and synthetic world.