Scoggins is presented as a part of the Diane Marek Visiting Artist series at UTC, which aims to bring several artists of national reputation to Chattanooga each year.
A public lecture will be on Oct. 15. at 5:30 p.m. at UTC’s Fine Arts Center, followed by a reception.
The exhibition—called “A Day in the Life”—is a comment “on the subjects of military intervention and war, the politics and media spins that wrap around them, and the consumerism and economy that supports and drives them,” according to a release from the gallery.
“A Day in the Life” is named after the 1968 Lennon/McCartney song of the same name. Lyrically, the song is a critique of the media and the mundane obsessions and indifferences of society.
Scoggins’ method uses paper materials common to communication and thought. He is known for creating large-scale spiral bound notebooks by hand. Often using a childhood alter-ego, Scoggins draws and scrawls, appropriating popular imagery and written thought to create conversation. His work explores how life is affected by pop culture, media and word events.
Several pieces to be featured include small, hand-colored paper cutouts of cartoon-like tanks, fighter jets, bombs, explosions, jeeps and soldiers. Featuring both two and three dimensional pieces. The piece “Dog Fight,” which references the state-of-the-art technologies of war in the sky, will be debuted at the Cress.
Scoggins was born in Washington, D.C.b and raised in Virginia. Holding several degrees, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003. He most recently completed a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists’ colony in the United States. His work is included in private and public collections including the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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