Chicago artist Scotty Gorham uses installation, performance, and new media to examine the nature of identity and experience. He often pairs commercial technologies and social media platforms with sculptural stand-ins and built environments, inviting viewers to interact with the work using their smartphones as they contemplate the relationships between “real” and digital space. His work examines our cultural de-emphasis of the physical, as we create avatars and exist simultaneously in time and space. Some of his more recent projects have focused on device-mediated experience, portals, and what he calls “the new multiplicity of the Real.” Gorham’s work searches for meaning in a hopeful look at what we can become in a world where place is an ambiguous ideal.
Scotty Gorham currently lives and works in Silicon Valley. He teaches at San Jose State University in the Department of Art and Art History, while pursuing MFAs in both Spatial Art and Digital Media Art. Gorham graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and has exhibited internationally in venues ranging from ZERO1, Twitter Headquarters, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, to the legendary Crobar Nightclub in Chicago and ARQ Nightclub in Sydney. He was a featured speaker in the Apple Talks series for San Francisco Design Week 2013 and is responsible for guerrilla style installation and public performance works in several cities across the United States and Australia.