One Summer

One Summer
26 July - 13 October 2019
High Street

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present a new temporary public artwork for its annual railway bridge commission on Southend High Street.

This year, artist Samara Scott has been invited to create a brand new large-scale artwork which will adorn either side of the bridge’s façade in the centre of the town. Visible for a half mile along the town’s main shopping thoroughfare to the sea, the work will launch on 20 July and remain on view until 13 October 2019.

Taking Southend’s main retail space as her setting, a hybrid swirling of consumer objects and sensory experiences in flux hover in a bloated frieze over the glass shop windows of the high street. ‘One Summer’ is created directly from the surface of a domestic scanner these images speak of a suspension or perversion of everyday surface and depths, but also of the saturation of images, sounds, and textures in a consumer driven society.

Like in her sculptural practice, Scott is drawn towards the corrupted: these images archive the smears, dents, burps, leaks of the material world. The assemblages swim on the seam between desire and disgust. Attracted to materials with alchemic properties that evolve over the course of an exhibition, growing, glistening, shrivelling then decomposing, her materials have included toothpaste, fabric softener, nail varnish, toilet paper, noodles and beach sand. Exploring society’s cycle of consumption and waste, together the materials create rich seductive surfaces that lure the viewer into the artist’s world of decay and excess.

The commission will coincide with Scott’s inclusion in Focal Point Gallery’s group exhibition, ‘Day Tripper’, which centres on the dark humoured work of the painter Liz Arnold, who grew up in Southend-on-Sea and with whom Scott shares common traits in her work – a kind of ‘toxic positivity’.

About the artist:

Samara Scott lives and works in London & Barcelona. Selected solo shows include Belt and Road, Tramway, Glasgow, 2018; Developer, Pumphouse & Battersea Park, London, 2016; Silks, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2015. Selected group shows include Voyage, Curated by Alexandre da Cunha, Bergamin & Gomide, Sao Paulo, 2018 Days are Dogs, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, 2017; Tomorrow:London, South London Gallery, London, 2014. Samara is represented in London by The Sunday Painter