Scott uses the familiar blue and white ceramics, which were available cheaply in the 19th century so more commonly used than collected, to tell modern stories based on his trips travelling around America. Influenced by Andy Warhol and his use of disintegration; Scott reworks antique wares, erasing, adding and recreating new ‘historical’ patterns by adding newly printed decals on blank ceramics or reusing cut and broken fragments.
Visitors to the Barnard Castle based Museum will be able to compare modern and conceptual works of art with what was made in the past, mostly for everyday or dinner table use.
Works on show will be contemporary with historical reference pieces, including, among others, a 19th century cup plate made for the American market, alongside Scott’s 21st century update featuring the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station on the Hudson River. Framed within a classic Oak leaf border pattern, the new plate has been made using a contemporary engraving by Paul Holdway, the last engraver at the Spode Works before its closure in 2009.
New American Scenery commemorates and celebrates a rich, complex historical genre that is inextricably linked to wider visual and political cultures.
The Bowes Museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day. Entry to Café Bowes and the shop is free. For more information on our exhibitions and events programme please see our website: thebowesmuseum.org.uk
Free entry - National Art Pass, Friends of The Bowes Museum, Children under 5, Accompanying Carers
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|Season (26 Sept 2020 - 28 Feb 2021)|