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Inside Out: Scott Alario


Our Daily Red is pleased to continue our artist-in-residence series titled Inside Out. Every month, a guest artist is offered access to the platform to publish images and jot down thoughts about inspiration, obsession, creative failures and insights. Unlike an 'Open Studio' format which is predicated on potential sales, BR&S wants to provide the artist-in-residence with an outlet to place their practice in a more public realm, offering an expanded look at the creative process and placing emphasis on the time ideas and works take to mature. It is not expected that the artist produce anything finished or specific to BR&S in this time, only that they candidly share their explorations. Each artist will then invite an artist to follow them. The rules of the game specify that the guest must 1. work in a different medium, 2. live elsewhere, 3. write often and not think too much about what they post, 4. be someone whose inside the host artist is curious to see out.

Introducing: SCOTT ALARIO

Scott could be called a photographer's photographer. He works methodically with an 8 x 10 view camera, using black and white sheet film. The resulting images tend to reveal their process, either through carefully controlled exposure, contrasting sharply rendered elements with more slippery, evanescent subjects, or chemically, adding unexpected texture and pattern to the print surface through creative darkroom manipulation.

Through the very personal, Scott explores the psychological: his loose narratives take on oneiric and mythic qualities because his subjects are also archetypes—a child, a mother, a father, an animal (his daughter, his wife, himself, his dog.)

Scott's work has very recently been featured on the website of Aint-Bad Magazine, who we covered ourselves in a video interview this month. In 2011, he was also chosen as one of 7 emerging photographers to watch by Art New England. Currently, Scott is completing his graduate studies at RISD.

We're curious to see how graduate school has had an impact on his practice, and, generally, what goes on in his mind and in his world. Welcome, Scott.


About Author

Stephanie Cardon is a cross-disciplinary artist from France and the United States and is the former executive editor at Big Red & Shiny. She works as a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and is a 2013 recipient of the Art Writing Workshop from the AICA-USA and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

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