Scooter LaForge

Promise of a New Day

The East Village Flowers series is inspired by wildflowers Scooter LaForge sees while running in Manhattan’s East River Park. This space, on the edge of the East Village neighborhood, is his refuge. During the summer, Scooter collects dried flowers there to make arrangements in his studio. Mixing dried and fresh blooms, he makes tableaux for his paintings. Scooter loves nature in tandem with the city, and is fortunate to live near a river flanked by a beautiful park. 

Scooter LaForge’s Elsewhere paintings were inspired by LaForge’s recent residency at the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The works are informed by ‘automatic drawing,’ a method championed by Dadaists, who adapted André Breton’s automatic writing practice into mark-making during the early 20th century. Breton defined Surrealism as “pure psychic automatism.” Hilma af Klimt, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso are some of the artists who have expressed themselves through automatic art-making.  LaForge surrenders rational control in the making of psychic paintings. Accident and chance are integral to his art-making process in general—whether making paintings, combines, or sculptures. His works are a walking journal of images where ideas are explored and refinedLaForge approaches painting intuitively, absorbing what surrounds him and working on the canvas with agility and focus—drawing from a fertile inner-emotional realm and an extensive painterly vocabulary.

 

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #1, 2019

acrylic on canvas

30 3/4 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #2, 2019

acrylic on canvas

30 1/2 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #3, 2019

acrylic on canvas

31 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #4, 2019

acrylic on canvas

31 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #5, 2019

acrylic on canvas

31 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #6, 2019

acrylic on canvas

30 1/2 x 23 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #7, 2019

acrylic on canvas

24 x 20 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #8, 2019

acrylic on canvas

27 x 21 inches

Scooter LaForge
East River Park Flowers #9, 2019

acrylic on canvas

24 x 18 inches

Scooter LaForge
Elsewhere No. 4 'Atomic Dance, a Transmogrification', 2019

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Scooter LaForge
Elsewhere No. 6 'The Sign of the Ladybug', 2019

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Scooter LaForge
Elsewhere No. 7 'Inanna's Vision of Mesopotamia', 2019

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Scooter LaForge
Elsewhere No. 56 'Akashic Field', 2019

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Scooter LaForge
Elsewhere No. 7394 'Seventeen MInute Nap', 2019

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches