Scott Troxel is a Philadelphia area abstract mixed media artist. Scott initially studied art then switched to filmmaking while attending Temple University. He went on to work in product development and design, creating hundreds of consumer products. He is currently working on his art full time in New Jersey.
Scott’s work focuses on modern abstract and non-objective work. Texture, balance and form take precedence over narration or subject matter. His work originates from looking at objects or emotions, and breaking them down to their abstract forms. He blurs the lines between modernism, minimalism and abstract expressionism, sometimes using hard edged lines to compose his shapes, and other times painting or cutting more freely, allowing the process to determine the result. There is a very different mindset in each approach, one which involves planning and precision, and the other requiring action and instinct.
Over the past two years, Scott has been focusing on modern mixed media wall sculpture. Feeling somewhat limited by flat canvas, Scott started to explore three-dimensional wall sculptures, which combine exotic hardwoods, repurposed materials, acrylic paint, and sometimes metals.
“Scott deconstructs the world around us. By simplifying the forms around us and repurposing old materials, he encourages us to consider the basic and enduring qualities of modern aesthetics. What’s modern, what is the definition of new? All the while, his work commands lasting attention with its dynamic, balanced and architectural compositions”.
Alex Farkas- Curator and Co-Founder, UGallery.com
I predominately work with wood as my base medium, due to its strength, dimension and organic nature. The inherent texture of wood combined with paint and other man-made materials allow me to explore the concepts of old and young, worn versus new, organic versus man-made and the past versus the present and future. I look to capture a sense of time in my work and often combine the feeling of different eras within a single piece. I see this as a direct parallel with human life, as we too grow older and interact with other generations, both younger and older, nothing stays static.
I am also particularly interested in items that were considered technologically or aesthetically advanced, only to be passed on by the consistency and tenacity of time. For example, an airplane boneyard where cutting edge fighter jets from the 60s sit in forgotten decay. They are still beautiful to look at from a design standpoint, even though these are no longer “modern” in the sense that time and technology has passed on to newer and more advanced technology. Now they are simply categorized and defined by the time period in which they were designed, similar to how we group people into generations to organize them (Baby Boomers, Generation X, etc.). I particularly inspired by mid-century modernism, where wood and organic shapes were combined with other materials to suggest a type of futurism, though now they are considered vintage. The idea of making wood feel space-aged and modern in spite of its organic nature, fascinates me. Again, time has passed on but these pieces remain in that context of when they were designed. I want my work to feel this way, somewhat nostalgic, aged and organic with the feeling that it could also be from a future time.
As a purely abstract artist, I explore form, line, color, shape, texture and mass. Since I am usually not relying on a recognizable object in my work, I create through the process itself. I start out with a sketch or design change them, until they just feel right. I really like to give my pieces a feeling of juxtaposition and a balance of opposites, in terms of textures and materials. For example, I will combine a recycled 60 year old cherry table top with a piece of modern manufactured Azek decking. The ideas of young/old, past and future, modern versus outdated, technology, nostalgia and futurism all seem to find a place in my work. I also believe this ties into a distinctly human theme. For example, you can pinpoint a person’s age by the technology they grew up with (Black and white TV, Rotary phone, landlines, etc.). Technology and human life seem to continue through the decades hand in hand, both are the direct result of being born or designed within a certain time.