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 Scott Espeseth: American (b. 1975)

Scott Espeseth
Velcommen (2009)
Ballpoint pen on paper :: 9 x 12

about the artist

Scott Espeseth's quirky, fastidiously crafted graphite drawings may have something in common with the final, cliff hanger panels of such old serialized Sunday newspaper comics as Flash Gordon and Steve Canyon that always ended with the tease, "To be continued...."

After studying an Espeseth drawing, the viewer might be left with an unsettled feeling that something momentous just happened in the narrative, is happening or is about to happen. In what might now seem like an eerie predictor of what would become a commonplace scene everywhere in post-Katrina New Orleans, Espeseth's 2004 drawing, "Flooded Room," shows a lake rising to the curtain valances in someone's living-room. The central subject of "Left Out" is an untouched platter of pork chops and french fries. The repast has been abandoned in a grassy field under a Van Gogh-like star-studded sky. The scene might suggest that Manet's luncheon in the grass had to be suddenly called off because of darkness. "Asteroid" shows a potato-shaped meteor of indeterminate size hurtling through space, perhaps on a collision course with Earth. As Gilda Radner's Roseanna Roseannadanna was wont to say, "If it isn't one thing, it's another. It's always something."

Typically, Espeseth's drawings are scarcely larger than a few inches from side to side. But like the etchings of Goltzius and Rembrandt, forbears whom Espeseth much admires, the artist's miniature worlds appear to be almost infinitely detailed, with every blade of grass delineated.

Espeseth is a professor of art at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin. His most recent museum show, titled "Backyard Premonitions," was mounted in the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Art and Letters galleries in the new Overture Center, Madison, WI. His drawings have also been exhibited in the Milwaukee Art Museum and numerous other museums and galleries, most of them in the midwest.

Recent Press: Stacey Williams-Ng, Small Wonders. Milwaukee Home and Living; March 2009.

education

  • 2000 - MFA: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1997 - BFA: West Virginia University

selected solo exhibitions

  • 2007 Silver Points Alcove Gallery; New York, NY
  • 2006 Clear Blue Sky Richard F. Brush Gallery, St. Lawrence University; Canton, NY
  • 2005 Backyard Promonitions James Watrous Gallery, Overture Center; Madison, WI
  • 2004 Minor Disasters DeRicci Gallery; Madison, WI
  • 2001 Paper Work Class of 1925 Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI
  • 2000 Scott Espeseth: Prints 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin0-Madison; Madison, WI

selected group exhibitions

  • 2007 Art Chicago with Dean Jensen Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2006 Likely Stories Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair with Dean Jensen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2004 For the Love of Art: Contemporary Art Society's Ninth Benefit Art Auction Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair with Dean Jensen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2004 Uneasy Places Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2004 Big, Clean, Wow! Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
  • 2004 ...and Now For Something Completely Different Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2003 The Drawerling Show Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2003 Dark Spring DriveThru Studios, Chicago, IL
  • 2003 ANA Intaglio Engraving Exhibition Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2003 Madison Open Art Studios Exhibition Art Beat Gallery, Madison, WI
  • 2002 Beloit College Four Faculty Show, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
  • 2002 Wallpatch Show Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI
  • 2002 Portal Wisconsin Featured Artist
  • 2002 ANA Intaglio Engraving Exhibition Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2002 Pressed and Pulled X National Juried Printmaking Exhibition Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. Juror: Carmon Colangelo, Artist. Awarded “Juror’s Mention”
  • 2002 The North Park Printmakers Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS
  • 2001 Twenty-something Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI
  • 2001 The 3rd Minnesota National Print Biennial Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2001 16th National Biennial of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

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