The paintings of Scott Chaseling’s artworks impart a narrative that present as a still frame from a complete account and yet also appear mystical and open-ended. This allows the viewer to bring his/her own history to complete the commentary focusing on the physical expressions of his characters. The protagonists in these narratives, either in stasis or in movement place themselves in frames of vacancy, similar to those souls in an Edward Hopper painting. With paintings open to public viewing and others hidden, becoming more private and the lack of exactness in definition, he raises possibilities of interpretation rather than forcing his own. The give and take between meaning and conjecture is at the centre of the aesthetic experience that Chaseling offers us.
YESTERDAY reintroduces us to Scott Chaseling work from 2004-2008. Artworks, that not only through technical proficiency, create new ways of interpreting the vessel. This series of work, which lasted for ten years, shows the steady development of research of the material and the time given skill that allowed him to become dexterous at presenting ideas in the painted snapshot. The artworks for this exhibition have not been exhibited before in Australia.
TODAY continues Chaseling’s research into the figure and relaying the social and political narratives from before. Though now larger and the introduction of mixed media it mirrors and expands upon his works from the 1990s. While removing the realism or the painted image the sculptures now tell their stories through an abstract narrative.
TOMORROW was the set as a challenge. These are not ‘works in progress’ but finished pieces. It is through the completion of an edition or a commission that the artwork is finalised.
Scott Chaseling began working with glass serendipitously after studying sculpture in South Australia. Now more than 25 years later he has travelled, exhibiting, teaching and making throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Chaseling’s work is represented in the collections of museums in many of those places and recently he has held solo museum exhibitions in France and Germany. Along with winning many prizes, including the Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia and a Gold Medal at the Bavarian State Prize, Germany, he was a recipient of the Leverhulme Research Fellowship to allow one years research at the University of Sunderland UK.