Scotty Gorham is an installation, performance, and new media artist working primarily in light. He received MFAs in both Spatial Art and an MFA Digital Media Art from San Jose State University, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gorham has exhibited internationally in venues ranging from the Tech Museum of Innovation and ZERO1 in San Jose, Twitter Headquarters and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, to the Debonair Social Club in Chicago, ARQ in Sydney, and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. He has recently given artist talks and visiting artist presentations at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Edinburgh, and Apple, and is responsible for several public performance works in cities across the United States, Europe, and Australia.
I create light interventions and multimedia sculpture installations that engage viewers in both the physical and digital world. My work ranges from site specific and temporary neon sculptures to hybrid environments combining projection, animated GIFs, neon, argon, and light. The dynamic intersections of object and context continue to parallel our contemporary multiplicity as they are reiterated into image.
I am interested in moments of cultural evolution, especially the transitions between analog to digital, and natural to synthetic. I create in the space where fantasy meets reality, often using the mechanisms of nightlife and club culture to reimagine empty rooms and everyday places. I seek to connect people throughout history and across cultures by using distortions of time and scale.
I embrace neon’s cultural legacy as signage, and its role in American industry. I see neon as both the material manifestation of possibility and hope, and of the failure implicit in the fallacy of the American Dream. My work directly engages the architectural, political, and cultural systems that surround us, going beyond an affirmation of these systems in an attempt to break them down. My installations are an optimistic search for the reclamation of potential, as seen from a contemporary American perspective.