Scott Treleaven cara frater (2004) paper on board, 14" x 11"
Some artists are comfortable in just about any medium. It looks like Scott Treleaven is working on it.
When we first saw his work it was in the form of an amazing film, "THE SALiVATION ARMY," shown at the 2003 New Festival. Only after we acquired a copy of it and began communicating with him did we learn that some people might have first encountered Treleaven through a series of zines he had produced earlier bearing the same title. We now have copies of the zines, but our connection with the artist hasn't stopped there.
Lately the Toronto-based Treleaven has moved into another medium, creating a number of amazing collages assembled from found images, wrapping paper and his own gouache, crayon and watercolor interventions.
We managed to acquire one of the early pieces from a show at D'Amelio Terras in 2003, and last week we were fortunate to be able to see a preview of his latest work at a reception in Simon Watson's Scenic space, and it's pretty spectacular.
For some of the images shown on Simon's walls, see this gallery. Some of the titles will be less enigmatic for those who know their history. Google.
Treleaven's work will be shown in three galleries outside of New York over the next few months, but I'm certain we will be seeing more of him here very soon.
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (opens October 29)
Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles (opens November 6)
Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC. (opens January 15)