Samara Scott & Jason Gomez – Almanac

Jason Gomez, Previously titled: After Exposure (2014), 2014, archival paper, needles


NERO is pleased to present two current solo exhibitions Lonely Planet by Samara Scott and Parallel Pictures by Jason Gomez at the gallery Almanac in Turin. Both artists approach the life span of materials in their interaction with processes of decomposition and intermingling, through very different practices and conceptualizations. The two presentations were built up over a three-week residency period at Almanac Inn.

Lonely Planet emerges from Samara Scott’s research into ways of building up an image from live materials and migrating liquids. Through the arrangement of bounded puddles and staggered fields, the space becomes a petri dish for chains of material activation.
The integrity and recognizable attributes of substances are called into question by a polluted methodology of landscape art, creating layered vessels that can barely contain the tide of visual ideas.
The potential waves of association create ripples across these multi-colored scanner beds, allowing swarms of different textures to emerge with the shifts in seasons.
Not unlike a process of digital composting, objects are diffused onto fluid surfaces or sunken into undefined crevasses with each change in atmospheric pressure, whether applied by the artist or the environment.

In the adjoining room, black scrolls of distressed printing paper repeatedly punctuate the walls of Jason Gomez’ exhibition, Parallel Pictures. The works stem from a set of processes dealing with the conscious context of objects and the liberation of an archive.
Mirroring the function of tracing paper, the pressed flowers puncturing the metallic skins point to the magnetic pull of the materials, its powers of absorption having already erased the scientific descriptions that once accompanied the disintegrating collection. Graphite markings emerge from the dark side of the inked screen to explode in a multitude of detailed impressions, signs of a language in becoming.
In the front room, moulds and traces extend their biological competition in the form of a cyanotype, their exposure and growth in UV-lighting giving birth to a fibrous glow-in-the-dark field. A red Risograph template is suspended in molten wax, the print nowhere to be found.
With each reversion of a process, new dependencies are created.

Installation view, Samara Scott, Lonely Planet, 2014


Samara Scott, Lonely Planet (detail), 2014, cement frame and water pool with oil paints, watercolour, food colouring, nail varnish, soft drinks, spray paint, sand, clay, soil, eyeshadow, packaging and mixed media


Jason Gomez, Magnetic black shiny curtains that look like paper (detail), 2014, paper, pressed flower collection


Jason Gomez, Magnetic black shiny curtains that look like paper (detail), 2014, paper, pressed flower collection


Almanac – via degli Artisti 10, Turin
6 November 2014 – 19 December 2014